p2pnet view Security:- PleaseRobMe.com aims to “prove a point about the dangers of sharing precise location information on the internet”, says one of its developers, Boy Van Amstel.
It “scrutinises players of online game Foursquare, which is based on a person’s location in the real world”, says the BBC, going on:
PleaseRobMe “extracts information from players who have chosen to post their whereabouts automatically onto Twitter.”
It “started with me and a friend looking at our Twitter feeds and seeing more and more Foursquare posts,” the story has Van Amstel stating. “People were checking in at their house, or their girlfriend’s or friend’s house, and sharing the address – I don’t think they were aware of how much they were sharing.”
He, Frank Groeneveld and Barry Borsboom, all from Holland, “realised that not only were people sharing detailed location information about themselves and their friends, they were also by default broadcasting when they were away from their own home”.
“The website is not a tool for burglary,” Van Amstel stresses in the story.
“The point we’re getting at is that not long ago it was questionable to share your full name on the internet. We’ve gone past that point by 1000 miles.”
Advertising company Google says its Street View, with panoramic snoop views of peoples homes and castles, isn’t a tool for burglary either.
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BBC – PleaseRobMe website reveals dangers of social networks, February 18, 2010
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