Path adds privacy feature to mobile app

Path, the mobile social network, announced on Monday that it had added a privacy feature to its mobile application. The update comes two months after it was discovered that some app makers, including Path, were copying people’s address book data without permission.

“We take privacy and security seriously, and we believe your data deserves to be well protected,” the company said in a short blog post. It went on to say that Path version 2.1.1, which is in the iTunes App Store, enhances security by adding a protective layer called hashing to data sent to Path’s servers. Hashing turns text into an unintelligible string of letters and numbers and in turn anonymizes the information being sent to a server.