Think Twice Before Posting Location Data
As social media enthusiasts we all love our Foursquare check-ins! It is fun and a great way to glean helpful information about places we’re visiting. For example, I love reading reviews of the best place to grab a bite to eat in an unfamiliar airport or seeing who just turned mayor of my favorite local coffee shop, especially when they just snatched it from me. It’s convenient and again, it’s fun, but now I’m a little wary about using its services
I just read about the “Girls Around Me” app where it grabs your public Foursquare check-in data and then links your data to your Facebook page.
The Russian app developer, i-Free Innovations, argues that they are only taking public data and using it. Yes, they are, but they are also making it accessible in a way that isn’t safe for women or men for that matter. This app, frankly, is making me seriously rethink the way I use Foursquare because the one thing happened I always wished never would: someone began toying with GPS and Foursquare data and wrapped it up into a single app.
Since the fervor arose last Friday because of the article on Cult of Mac Foursquare and Facebook have since revoked access to their APIs and i-Free Innovations voluntarily removed their app from the iTunes store. Still, the horse is already out of the barn. There are many more of these types of apps to surely hit the Android market and iTunes store. I think they’ll just be slicker and not as brazenly over the top.
Watch those settings, my friends!