(Image source: Cult of Mac)


BY STACEY WELSH

ANCHOR ALLIE SPILLYARDS

 

Stalking … or just another social media tool?

KNXV-TV says the unsettling “Girls Around Me” app used online data to bring locations of women near you to your fingertips.

“It uses foursquare to find out where you are, and then once you’ve found a person you’d like to talk to, it gives you that person’s Facebook information allowing you to send them a message.”

Critics say the app was downright scary... that is, until Foursquare cut it off Friday. The New York Times quotes a statement from a Foursquare spokeswoman saying the app…

“...is a violation of our API policy, so we’ve reached out to the developer and shut off their API access.”

That policy gives users access to all data the company’s mobile app uses. Foursquare’s decision came in response to a Cult of Mac blog discussing the app’s all new level of creepiness. Blogger John Brownlee thinks it’s a wake-up call.

“This is an app you should download to teach the people you care about that privacy issues are real, that social networks like Facebook and Foursquare expose you and the ones you love...”

The app’s Russian developer i-Free Innovations also yanked it from Apple’s store after Foursquare’s crackdown but says it wasn’t doing anything wrong. A Wall Street Journal tech blog posted a statement from i-Free explaining:

“The aim of the app is to make the usage of this data more convenient and more focused on finding popular and crowded venues... It is clearly stated that Girls Around Me cannot show the user more data than social network already does.”

But a ZDNet blogger says the biggest problem is:

“The girls have no idea they’re being scanned or that their publicly available Facebook and Foursquare data is being loaded into some dude’s phone app... What the targeted girls would also probably not appreciate is that they are each represented with foxy-lady style icons...”

Facebook also told Cult of Mac they blocked data from Girls Around Me following Foursquare’s decision. A law lecturer at Stanford also commented, saying... linking to Facebook information practically promotes stalking women. i-Free maintains they will continue to develop apps that don’t break social networks’ restrictions.

'Creepy' Mobile App Banned for Tracking Women

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Apr 1, 2012

'Creepy' Mobile App Banned for Tracking Women

(Image source: Cult of Mac)


BY STACEY WELSH

ANCHOR ALLIE SPILLYARDS

 

Stalking … or just another social media tool?

KNXV-TV says the unsettling “Girls Around Me” app used online data to bring locations of women near you to your fingertips.

“It uses foursquare to find out where you are, and then once you’ve found a person you’d like to talk to, it gives you that person’s Facebook information allowing you to send them a message.”

Critics say the app was downright scary... that is, until Foursquare cut it off Friday. The New York Times quotes a statement from a Foursquare spokeswoman saying the app…

“...is a violation of our API policy, so we’ve reached out to the developer and shut off their API access.”

That policy gives users access to all data the company’s mobile app uses. Foursquare’s decision came in response to a Cult of Mac blog discussing the app’s all new level of creepiness. Blogger John Brownlee thinks it’s a wake-up call.

“This is an app you should download to teach the people you care about that privacy issues are real, that social networks like Facebook and Foursquare expose you and the ones you love...”

The app’s Russian developer i-Free Innovations also yanked it from Apple’s store after Foursquare’s crackdown but says it wasn’t doing anything wrong. A Wall Street Journal tech blog posted a statement from i-Free explaining:

“The aim of the app is to make the usage of this data more convenient and more focused on finding popular and crowded venues... It is clearly stated that Girls Around Me cannot show the user more data than social network already does.”

But a ZDNet blogger says the biggest problem is:

“The girls have no idea they’re being scanned or that their publicly available Facebook and Foursquare data is being loaded into some dude’s phone app... What the targeted girls would also probably not appreciate is that they are each represented with foxy-lady style icons...”

Facebook also told Cult of Mac they blocked data from Girls Around Me following Foursquare’s decision. A law lecturer at Stanford also commented, saying... linking to Facebook information practically promotes stalking women. i-Free maintains they will continue to develop apps that don’t break social networks’ restrictions.

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