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.