The creators of two iPhone apps have apologised after it emerged that they had uploaded users’ address-book information without their explicit permission.

Path and Hipster both sent contact data to company servers in order to help users find friends who were also using similar apps but both firms have stated they have updated the programme to fix the problem.

Hipster boss Doug Ludlow said in a guest post on the blog Techcrunch that when they built the Find Friends feature for iOS the firm had dropped the ball when it comes to protecting the privacy of users.

Chief executive of Path David Morin added in a blog post: “Through the feedback we’ve received from all of you, we now understand that the way we had designed our ‘Add Friends’ feature was wrong.”

Apple recently warned that any app developers found to be artificially inflating rankings to gain more downloads will be kicked off the App Store.

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