Stalking application pulled after backlash
The organization behind Women Around Me, a questionable geo-location iPhone application, has under your own accord removed the applying in the Application Store. Women Around Me permitted you to definitely identify women who’ve checked into venues near where you are, according to openly available data from Facebook and Foursquare.
Russian application maker i-Free Innovations removed the application from iTunes after heavy critique concerning the app’s intent and Foursquare’s decision to chop off accessibility check-in service’s data, rendering the application useless, based on the Wall Street Journal. The organization didn’t return PCWorld’s request comment.
I-Free Innovations describes Women Around Me in an effort to scan your surroundings and “discover where women or guys are chilling out.Inch The application demonstrated the number of men to women in a location (presumably according to Foursquare check-ins), and allow you to send messages to individuals from the application via Facebook. Women Around Me was rapidly branded like a “stalker” application because it made an appearance to pay attention to exposing data about women, even though the application maker states it might likewise reveal data about men.
I-Free Innovations states the app’s “goals, purpose, abilities, and limitations” were misinterpreted. “It’s impossible to look for a person within this application, or track hisher location,” a business representative told the Journal. “The application just enables the consumer to see the venues nearby, just like you went by and looked within the window.”
But those who have used the application paint a really different picture from what the organization is claiming. I can not test Women Around Me as it is no more accessible, but Cult of Mac’s John Brownlee did. Brownlee reports he could use Women Around Me to locate one individual he found attractive (for that purposes of this article), and it was then in a position to uncover the girl complete name, age and birthday, current location (with different recent Foursquare check-in), marital status, where she visited school, political opinions, her favorite drink (according to Facebook photos), recent travels, her parents’ and her brother’s full names. That’s certainly much more information than you will get just by peeking inside a bar or restaurant window.
As my friend Christina DesMarais highlights, this application shows — all over again — how putting an excessive amount of details about yourself online can result in it being misused with techniques you won’t ever anticipated.
It’s unclear whether Women Around Me will go back to the Application Store, but based on the Women Around Me Twitter account the organization can also be focusing on an Android version. The issue, however, is the fact that Women Around Me, because it is presently designed, doesn’t work without use of Foursquare.
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