New 'Girls Around Me' app highlights privacy failures
Linking Foursquare and Facebook allows app to pin photos to nearby map locations. Creepy is the most polite word.
Pull out your phone, hit a button, and in a few seconds, photos of "girls" nearby pop up. Tap the photo, and the Facebook profile for that girl appears. You can even message the girl via her Facebook profile, assuming you like the photos, of say, her trip to the beach, and her partying with friends. If she lists her hometown, school, and birthday, you have plenty of "ammunition" to start a conversation.
The firestorm of protest caused Foursquare to disable the data collection link, iTunes to stop selling the app, and the developer to claim they have been made a scapegoat. Their app was downloaded mover than 70,000 times, they say, and they included nothing that was not publicly viewable on social networks. They claim some people really liked the app. Wonder what kind of people?
I hate to say it but it's usally creepy men who can't get a girlfriend who will be chasing after good looking women, even to their homes which could be disastrous.
Lesley on dailymail.co.uk
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If people don't want their information stored on a publicly searchable database I would wholeheartedly advise not entering their data into the database.
Andrew on dailymail.co.uk
This is a tragedy and lawsuit waiting to happen.
Hojo on dailymail.co.uk
Using the term "girls" makes it sound stalker-ish immediately. Would "Women Around Me" have been condemned as quickly? What about male and female check-ins titled "Friends Around Me?"