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Some Sites Share Users' Location Data


March 3, 2010

Some users of social media are now more tentative about posting personal location details after learning about some of the privacy implications. One user tells of his surprise after he logged on to social networking site Foursquare, which flagged his physical location online. That information made its way onto, a site that aggregates social media data to create a clearinghouse of who's home and who's not. The Globe and Mail reports on the dangers users face in posting their whereabouts to social networking sites. One expert suggests "the normalization of online over-sharing means most don't give a second thought to what they post since 'everyone else is doing it.'"  
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