"Girls Around Me, the geo-location iPhone app, is under fire for undermining women’s privacy, but the controversy seems blown out of proportion. We're quick to ask what new way tech companies have devised to rob us of our privacy, but it's hard to see this app as a real threat to privacy or women. I consider it, instead, more of a wake-up call to those who publicly overshare.
The app, which has been voluntarily pulled from the App Store, culls publicly available information from social networks and spits out semi-useful data, such as female-to-male ratios at nearby venues. It also, however, makes use of people's publicly visible Facebook profiles and lets users see any information those people have made public, including full names, ages, relationship statuses, and photos..."
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