App Creator Defends "Girls Around Me"
GEO PRIVACYApril 2, 2012
The Wall Street Journal reports that the developer of a mobile app that employs publicly available information from two social networks to give users the locations of women in their vicinity "defended its intentions Saturday after drawing a firestorm of criticism over privacy concerns." Over the weekend, one of the networks the app relies on for data cut off its access, the report states, citing violation of its policies on "aggregating information across venues." "Girls Around Me" app developer i-Free Innovations said it is "unethical to pick a scapegoat to talk about the privacy concerns. We see this wave of negative as a serious misunderstanding of the apps' goals, purpose, abilities and restrictions." (Registration may be required to access this story.)