New App Uses Google Street View To Show Exactly Where People Take Their Instagram Photos

New App Uses Google Street View To Show Exactly Where People Take Their Instagram Photos
World
Like Us On Facebook
Like Us On Facebook

A new web app is said to be a “stalker’s wet dream,” as it utilizes Google Street View to show exactly where Instagram photos were taken.

The app, called “The Beat,” was created by students at Rutgers University in New Jersey, and collects data to tie together Instagram photos’ location metadata to their physical location.

Privacy advocates say the app shows how much personal information we make available through social networks.

On The Beat, users can filter photos from Instagram by entering a related hashtag into a search bar. It then displays photos tagged with the search term with images of the address where they were taken.

Certain sexually explicit terms, such as “porn,” “sex,” and “underwear” are blocked by the app, but terms including “bikini” are not.

Internet creepers will rejoice when they hear the news of this app, as it allows them to not only gawk at scantily-clad strangers, but actually know where they live.

“People might be happy sharing photos of what they’re doing, but how many people would want where they are doing it to be public?” asked Nick Pickles, director of privacy advocacy group Big Brother Watch.

“Location data is one of the most sensitive pieces of data and yet countless apps are using it without most people knowing.

“It’s one of the most valuable pieces of data to advertisers who can target you on and off-line as a result, so it’s hardly surprising companies like Google and Facebook are looking for as many ways as possible to track where you are.

“Your smartphone is a tracking device that lets you make calls.”

Will this deter you from posting photos on Instagram?

Jordan Shepherd | Elite.

Share Tweet
React
Like Us On Facebook
Like Us On Facebook

Jordan Shepherd

Jordan Shepherd comes from a strong writing background, originally residing in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Now living in New York City, his life experiences from backpacking across Europe to deep sea diving and nearly losing his life to a Great White Shark, Jordan Shepherd has a lot to say, and never pulls any punches.

More In World

World Emily Arata

The First Ebola Case In America Has Been Confirmed

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed the first case of Ebola in the US. While doctors have previously treated the devastating disease, patients up until now had been transported in from West Africa to American hospitals. The man, currently in isolation at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, arrived at the hospital on Monday with […]

World Emily Arata

Student Protestors In Hong Kong Are Still Getting Their Homework Done (Photos)

As young protestors continue to flood into central Hong Kong, images from eyewitnesses show the startling reality that regular life is still going on. Photos depict students completing their homework, sitting cross-legged on the ground. Even though the country is changing, and these students are part of a massive protest, they’re still making sure to […]

World Sean Levinson

Iraqi TV Parodies ISIS In Bizarre And Hilarious Music Video (Video)

Baghdad has expanded its attack on the Islamic State to the TV screen in the form of a show parodying the militant group. Sunday saw the premiere of “The Superstitious State,” advertised in a trailer that has been playing for weeks, Raw Story reports. Created by the state-run Iraqiya TV, the show’s first trailer pokes fun at […]

World John Haltiwanger

10 World Issues That Are Still Going On, But We Forgot To Care About

We are perpetually inundated with information in this day and age. With the combination of smart phones, social media and the 24/7 news cycle, it swirls around us constantly. In this digitalized age, people have become accustomed to getting their information almost instantaneously. If it doesn’t come quickly, they lose patience. Consequently, this is an era […]

Also On Elite

Motivation

Reverse The Curse: 11 Ways Rejection Is Actually A Blessing In Disguise

We are not foreign to rejection, or more specifically, to how it feels to be rejected. Ever since we were little, we’ve experienced it — from the moment our parents didn’t let us go to that birthday party to the time we were first stood up. We have all experienced rejection, and it will continue to […]

World

With Over 31,000 Fighters, ISIS Now Has More Troops Than Some Countries’ Armies

A new assessment from the CIA estimates the Islamic State to have between 20,000 and 31,500 fighters, more than some small countries have in their entire militaries. The figure, based on intelligence reports from May to August, is much higher than the 10,000 fighters the militant group was previously thought to have. It also seems […]

World

Couple Spends Close To $40K On Life-Like Sex Dolls For Threesomes (Photos)

Most relationships involve just two people — that’s why they’re usually called partnerships or couples. Some, however, are different. Open relationships work in some relationships, and other times, couples like to involve other people in their sexual escapades to spice things up. There’s nothing wrong with it; it’s just uncommon. Dave Hockey and Shawna Bigelow […]

Strategy

7 Ways To Impress The Boss At Your Internship And Land A Full-Time Job

“Hello again,” the Starbucks barista says to you as you hurriedly slam the list of the latest orders on the counter. “Do you need help carrying this?” he or she asks, to which you reply, “No, I think I’ve got it,” as you wipe the sweat from your forehead, already stressed before breakfast. It must […]