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Privacy Breach Reveals Network Users' Locations

GEO PRIVACY

July 1, 2010

Internet site Foursquare published a notice Wednesday about a privacy breach that shared all users' location information across the Web, regardless of whether they had chosen to opt out of such broadcasts through their privacy settings, Wired reports. The location-based social network was made aware of the data breach on June 20 by "white-hat hacker" Jesper Andersen, the report states, and asked Andersen to give it nine days to address the issue. According to the report, Foursquare sent Andersen an e-mail Tuesday morning that it had fixed that "privacy leak" but had not yet solved two other issues Andersen raised and "was trying to figure out how to balance usability with privacy."
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