It’s not just Path — some of the most popular iOS apps are also scanning your address book. Ahem, Twitter, Foursquare, Instagram and Yelp.
This problem may be short-lived, however. Apple said yesterday that, as it already does with location data, it will now require any app that accesses address-book data to clearly obtain users’ permission in order to do so. This came after several members of Congress wrote a letter to Tim Cook, the company’s CEO, asking why Apple didn’t better protect consumers. Apple is due to respond by Feb. 29.