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Hugh Pickens writes writes: "Ben Grubb reports that an iPhone app that essentially allowed users to stalk women nearby using a location-based social networking service has been pulled from the iTunes app store by its developer after an outcry of criticism including a comment by Gizmodo labelling the "Girls Around Me" app as the "world's creepiest" app and a comment in The New York Times Bits blog, which said it "definitely" won the prize for being "too creepy". The "Girls Around Me" app utilized publicly available data to show a map with women who had checked-in to locations nearby using Foursquare and let users view Facebook information of those ladies if they had tied their Facebook account to their Foursquare account and if their Facebook account privacy settings were lax enough to allow any user to access it. The promotional website used for marketing the app states that the service "helps you see where nearby girls are checking in, and shows you what they look like and how to get in touch, adding "In the mood for love, or just after a one-night stand? Girls Around Me puts you in control! Reveal the hottest nightspots, who's in them, and how to reach them". Foursquare yanked the Girls Around Me app's access to its data, which in turn led to the app's developer removing it from iTunes as it didn't work properly. In a statement to the Wall Street Journal, the company behind the app defended its creation: "Since the app's launch till last Friday nobody ever raised a privacy concern because, again, it is clearly stated that Girls Around Me cannot show the user more data than [what Foursqure or Facebook] already does.""
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World's Creepiest iPhone App Pulled After Outcry

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  • .. and this is what the FBI et al do anyway.. so why the big outcry?

    Seriously: Restrict your public information and this scenario won't be a problem. Only allow friends / friends of friends to see your FB / G+ posts.. unless you don't care if you are stalked electronically.

    Only a matter of time until someone else re-creates this app and releases it quietly..

  • Should have been called iWolowitz.

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