This Creepy App Isn’t Just Stalking Women Without Their Knowledge, It’s A Wake-Up Call About Facebook Privacy [Update] | Cult of Mac

A symptom of public ignorance on privacy issues – the information scraped by the app is publicly available via their API. It’s just easier to blame the app maker, or the gatekeepers, than it is to lock down the account or reduce the amount of private information one submits. Like I’ve always said, post on the internet only as if you would want the whole world to know it, because eventually it will end up that way anyway.

“Girls Around Me isn’t an app you should use to pick up girls, or guys for that matter. 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, and that if you do not know exactly how much you are sharing, you are as easily preyed upon as if you were naked. I can think of no better way to get a person to realize that they should understand their Facebook privacy settings then pulling out this app.”

This Creepy App Isn’t Just Stalking Women Without Their Knowledge, It’s A Wake-Up Call About Facebook Privacy [Update] | Cult of Mac

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