Path tightens mobile phone app security

Social networking service Path has upgraded the security of its mobile phone application.

In a brief blog post, the firm said that a newly released 2.1.1 version of its software will automatically hash all user information in order to protect the privacy of the data.

Path's move comes weeks after the firm found itself embroiled in a privacy row after a Singapore-based programmer claimed its journaling application for iOS and Android-powered mobile phones secretly collected user data.

This led to the chief executive officer and co-founder of Path Dave Morin publishing a public apology.

In a blog post, he acknowledged that the company had made a mistake but claimed the information was collected in a bid to improve the quality of friend suggestions.

“We hope our actions set a new standard in this field as we strive to serve you, our users, first,” the statement read after the new update was announced.

Posted by Peter Robinson

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