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 March 11, 2010  Posted by  Non-U.S., Online, Surveillance

aturner writes on the Brisbane Times DigiHub blog:

Do you really want Facebook and Twitter giving away your location?

Location-based services have been the Next Big Thing for years, but the boom in GPS-enabled smartphones has really enabled the technology to take off. Both Facebook and Twitter are preparing to jump on the geo-spatial bandwagon, letting you attach your location details when you post a message. Sure it sounds cool, perhaps even useful, but has anyone stopped to ask whether it’s a good idea?


I think the time has come for services such as Facebook to do more to protect people from their own stupidity. Enabling geo-spatial features should require more than just ticking a box, users should be forced to learn more about the consequences of their actions. Forcing them to watch a 30 second video clip might save them a lot of grief further down the track. Sure not everyone will pay attention, but it would certainly help some poeple.

Do you think sites such as Facebook have a responsibility to better educate their users?

Read more on DigiHub.

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