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Are Social Networks Getting Too Close For Comfort?

GEO PRIVACY

July 2, 2010

A report published in The New Zealand Herald explores "geosocial networking" and the questions as to just what extent users will be willing to share their exact locations as well as other personal information online. Experts point to interest in such services as Foursquare and Gowalla being divided along generational lines, determining that those under the age of 25--who worry less about privacy--are more likely to be interested in such sites. Referencing plans by some services to allow businesses access to users' locations, the report questions, "if we do decide to embrace the 'check-in,' will we really be willing to surrender a large chunk of our privacy in order to take advantage of freebies and special offers?"
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