Monday, April 02, 2012

Developer removes 'creepy' Girls Around Me from the App Store after Foursquare revokes API

Girls Around Me, the geo-location app that many labeled "creepy," and which allowed you to sort of cyber-stalk and find out personal information about woman around your location without their knowledge or explicit permission, has been removed from the App Store.

The app had been rendered useless, anyway, as earlier Foursquare revoked its API access. Because of that, the developer removed it, rather than Apple banning it.

At least, that's what the Russian developer of the app, i-Free Innovations, said in a statement to the Wall Street Journal.

As the developer pointed out to the WSJ, the app was using publicly available data. The problem, as we would agree, comes about if users didn't lock down their privacy settings enough on Foursquare and Facebook.

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The developer added that the app's purpose was to simply help users find public venues nearby. That said, the fact that the app is named Girls Around Me, that it highlights the location fo women who check in via Foursquare nearby, as well as its promos, seem to point to a more salacious use for the app.

The developers said that they will continue development of the app, and intend to limit it to showing only public places and venues in a user's area.

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