Oct 302014
 
 October 30, 2014  Posted by  Online

Jennifer Baker reports:

In response to public outcry via Twitter and personal blogs on Wednesday, the Samaritans have announced an opt-out function for their stalker-friendly app Samaritans Radar.

Samaritans Radar automatically scans the tweets of anyone the user follows and alerts subscribers to potentially suicidal tweets based on “trigger phrases”. However well-meaning the intention, many Twitter users were quick to point out that there were huge privacy implications, not to mention the creepy effect: “The people you follow won’t know you’ve signed up to it and all alerts will be sent directly to your email address,” according to the Samaritans website.

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