“Girls Around Me” Developer Defends iTunes App

Girls Around Me does not allow anonymous usage of the app. It is impossible to search for a particular person in this app, or track his|her location. The app just allows the user to browse the venues nearby, as if you passed by and looked in the window. The Girls Around Me user has to be registered in Foursquare and must be logged in this service to be able to see anything in Girls Around Me. The app Girls Around Me does not have access to user login and password, authentication is carried out on the social network side. Girls Around Me shows to the user only the data that is available to him or her through his or her accounts in Foursquare, and gives the user nothing more than Foursquare app can provide itself (when you browse venues around you in Foursquare, you can see how many people checked in there and you can see their profiles and photos, even contacts and social networks profile). The aim of the app is to make the usage of this data more convenient and more focused on finding popular and crowded venues.

Girls Around Me, the most recent in a slate of disturbingly creepy apps which aggregate public data from social media networks together to give you a picture of the activities of people you don’t know, has released a statement about the negative press they’ve been receiving. On one hand, it suggests the company didn’t do anything unethical — while at the same time, pointing out just how oblivious many users are to how much data they’re sharing.

Isn’t capitalizing on users’ ignorance still kinda… creepy? Especially when you give it such a stalker-inducing name?

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