Forthehack: Please rob me! Foursquare: Please shut up!


There are many location-aware services today; your friends could easily track wherever you are, thanks to the GPS technology. That’s cool, right?

But according to Forthehack, this kind of service also has a downside, though. “The danger is publicly telling people where you are. This is because it leaves one place you’re definitely not… home.”

And most popular location-aware service Foursquare strikes back:

The team behind the hot location-based service Foursquare took the time tonight to write a rare longer post about location privacy. Their basic stance: we take privacy very seriously and understand it. Also, that service Please Rob Me should shut up.

In fact, it seems the entire impetus behind Foursquare’s post was Please Rob Me, the mock service set up in an attempt to show the dangers of tweeting out Foursquare check-ins. We, along with several other sites, covered it yesterday. And while it’s hard to take that site itself seriously, it does raise some interesting points.

[via TechCrunch]


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