Foursquare Was Leaking Your Data, Too Busy With Funding To Tell You – The Consumerist

We think the first comment on the apology post sort of sums up the way people feel about this issue:

Translation: A smart hacker we won’t credit (Jesper Andersen) totally busted us violating our privacy policy, but we didn’t say anything until after we cashed the $20m check and we hoped it would just go away. But a blogger e-mailed our funders so we had to put in a real fix this a.m. and write this blog post.

For more about the security hole, check out Wired’s original article.

I like Foursquare, and I’m not sure how important the data which was being leaked is.

However, that isn’t the point. For a small business the most important thing is building trust with your users. This is a breach of trust.

They have work to do win it back.

The rush to Location Based Services in the online space is a potential legal and PR nightmare for companies. I, for one, would like to be absolutely certain of the benefits and our ability to minimise the risks before I would go down that route.


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