"Creepy," a New Locator App, Is Creepy

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26-year-old Yiannis Kakavas has invented Creepy, an application that he describes as a "geolocation information aggregator," thinq.co.uk reports. What that means: Type in someone's Flickr or Twitter account into Creepy, and it will cultivate all the information available from the user's photos or tweets and draws a map of their locations at the time of posting. If you feel that this is an invasion of privacy, keep in mind that all the information used is already public. Scary, huh?

Unbeknownst to many Twitter and Flickr users, "Images shared on the service via sites like Twitpic and Yfrog are often taken on a smartphone -- which...records the location information in the EXIF data of the image." Creepy just finds that info automatically and produces a map of where said images were taken and tweets were made:

While the location of an individual tweet might not reveal much, visualising a user's history on a map reveals clusters around their home, their workplace, and the areas they hang out. Everything a stalker could need, in other words.

Yiannis Kakavas says he made Creepy to teach people to be more careful when using social networks:

"I wanted to stress how 'easy' it is to aggregate all the seemingly small and innocent pieces of data people are sharing into a 'larger picture' that potentially gives away information that users wouldn't think of sharing. For example, where do they live, where do they work, where and at what times they are hanging out, when they are not at home et cetera. I think that sometimes it is worth 'scaring' people into being more careful on how much they share online.

Everything is location aware these days. Your mobile phone has a GPS receiver, your social networking platforms want to know where you are."

You can download Creepy here. If the police find you hiding in the bushes at your ex-girlfriend's cooking class, please don't tell them where you got the app.

Creepy app warns of an end to privacy [thinq.co.uk]


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Tiny Tino
Tiny Tino

Good. I have been stalked since 2008-now I can get an idea of his locale and contact law enforcement. ty

Therese Pope
Therese Pope

I wrote a blog post about Mr. Kakavas' Creepy app. and he commented directly on my blog:http://zenfulcommunications.bl...

I give a big thumbs down to this software. This is an invasion of people's privacy. I give this software a big thumbs down. It's been touted as the 'app for stalkers' - aptly named.

John Aton
John Aton

Lesson for myself: clean meta data out of images before uploading them, use proxies or services like DesktopRoar.com to hide your true location/ip, and maybe just share very limited online information in general.

Jax
Jax

Interesting idea John Aton of 104 Elm st, Silver Springs MD, posting from your mid level management job at a major HMO. Mother Debra Aton. Father John Aton Senior. Graduate of Cardinal Oleary Catholic High School. SSN 099-76-1285

Dude
Dude

So, John Aton, it Jax righ?

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