An app that allowed users to find nearby women who had “checked in” on a social network has been withdrawn by its developer after complaints.

Russian developer i-Free removed its Girls Around Me app which used publicly available data from Foursquare.

Foursquare, a location-based social network, has already revoked the app’s access to its data.

A company representative for i-Free said the reaction to the app was a “serious misunderstanding”.

In a statement given via email to the Wall Street Journal, the company said: “We believe 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.

“Girls Around Me does not provide any data that is unavailable to user when he uses his or her social network account, nor does it reveal any data that users did not share with others.”

Culled from bbc.co.uk

Niyi Aderibigbe
Melange Concepts

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