I’ve been checking Foursquare’s site occasionally today as they indicated that a change in their Terms of Service was forthcoming. Now it’s here, and it’s great.
Their new TOS, dated yesterday but uploaded today, states, in relevant part:
Registration and Eligibility.
This is good news, indeed, and I think they made a great policy decision. Hopefully, they’ll allow users who registered using real names to change to usernames if they so desire.
Frankly, I have no idea if any of this was already under internal review before Jules Polonetsky, Greg Norcie, and I individually contacted them with our observations and questions, but either way, it’s a good outcome for user privacy.