Tut tut, Path. You'd think the social networking app would've learnt its lesson(s) by now, after being told off by both Apple as well as Congress. But no, Path has found itself in hot virtual water after being accused of doing just more than storing personal address book data.
Filing the lawsuit in San Francisco last week, Texas man Oscar Hernandez stated that both himself and Path users were "victims of unfair, deceptive, and unlawful business practices; wherein their property, privacy, and security rights were violated."
Apparently, Path intercepted his exchanges with other social networking sites whilst the app was in use - retaining GPS data without his permission, along with the storage of private user information.
To make matters even worse, his children are among the contacts in his address book - making them minors.
"Worse yet, all of the Plaintiff's contact address book and interactions data that was stored on Path's servers and/or third party servers was stored in an unreasonably insecure manner contrary to accepted standards, in a way that is well-recognized to be easily accessible by even an unsophisticated hacker," stated Hernandez and his representation within the filing.
Path recently fell out of favour with the public after developer Arun Thanpi found his address book to be compromised, with its details transferred to Path's servers. The sharing facility issued an apology, explaining that contacts were used in order to help other Path users search for friends to add to the service.