Path, an up-and-coming social network similar to Facebook, was recently caught snatching information stored in users’ Address Books including contact names, phone numbers, and email addresses. This discovery was made by Arun Thampi, an iOS developer from Singapore.

Path LogoDave Morin, the CEO and co-founder of Path, claims that the only reason Path is uploading this contact information is to help find family and friends that are currently on the network. Dave has said this will become an opt-in feature in a future update. Click here to view the full dialog.

While Path may be using this information for a useful purpose, the company should have notified users before uploading their data, making this an opt-in feature right from the start. This compromising of user data is why many Path users are outraged and requesting deletion of their accounts.

What do you think of Path snatching user information? If you’re a Path user, will you be closing your account? Let us know in the comments section below.