Foursquare Is Protecting Personal Privacy With Handily Hidden Homes

Posted by on September 29, 2011 at 8:28 pm

Social Network / Geolocation megastar Foursquare is taking steps to ensure your humble abode is kept “off the grid”, by not broadcasting your home location to other users.

In a blog post, dated today, Foursquare told users how they’ll be handling this protection from potentially perilous personal privacy problems.

A few months ago, foursquare implemented some changes which would keep your home location from being shown to anyone who isn’t in your immediate vicinity, unless they were on your friends list.

Now, the creators are taking it one step further by making sure only the creator of the “home” location, and their friends, can see the address. They’ve also made it so only those friends can see the map pin, while everyone else will see the map centered on a random area somewhere near the address, with the map zoomed out.

Also, the same rules apply on Facebook and Twitter so your privacy is protected there, as well.

They’ve also done an overhaul on their database and turned a large number of “residence” venues into “homes” so your place should have been taken care of automatically. If you find out it wasn’t, however, you can fix it by hitting the new “report a problem” link and letting them know.

I, for one, am very glad about this. I was always leery of checking in at home because I really didn’t want some crazy internet weirdo deciding to pop in and trying to wear my head as a hat. With this, it means that I can check in at home, with impunity, because people won’t be able to track down my exact location…they’ll only be able to get within sniping range and that’s ok because there’s a bunch of houses in the way.

If you’d like to check out foursquare’s blog post on this subject you can do so by clicking here.

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  • Anonymous

    This interests me.

  • About time they did something like this!