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Foursquare Takes On Privacy Issues

  • Mashable, Tuesday, September 20, 2011 12:36 PM
Addressing persistent privacy concerns, Foursquare is in the process of rolling out a new option to prevent users from inadvertently sharing home addresses with strangers. "The update ... enables the user to designate a Foursquare locale as a private residence by selecting 'Home' as the venue's primary category," reports Mashable. Applying the "Home" category will apparently keep the actual address of the venue private to just users and their friends, while also letting user edit the venue or delete it altogether.

"Doing this will ensure that only you and your friends can see the address on the venue page; everyone else sees a zoomed out map with no map pin (rather than the real location)," a Foursquare support entry explains. "If a Mayorship, badge unlock or check-in is shared to Twitter or Facebook, the venue URL will include a map without a specific location for everyone."

Foursquare users can also flag venues as their home or have it removed, even if they didn't create it, according to Foursquare's support site. "Go to the venue page on the website and click "Report a Problem" for a list of flagging options, Mashable adds.



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