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foursquare’s New Privacy Policy Makes Homes More Private On Their Network

In an effort to help protect privacy of people’s homes, foursquare announced the following steps to make people’s homes more private on its network:

Foursuare added a new ‘Report a problem’ link, which allows people to tell the company that a place is your home. “This helps us make it private, or, if you want, we can remove it from foursquare,” the company said.

  • Only the person who created the ‘home’ and their friends can see the address on the venue page.
  • Similarly, on the venue page, only those same people can see the map pin. Everyone else will see a map randomly centered somewhere near the address, with the zoom pulled out a bit.
  • And don’t worry about the link getting sent around, or if you share it on Facebook or Twitter. The same rules apply!

“To help make sure everyone gets these benefits, we also did a massive sweep of our venue database and re-categorized a ton of venues as homes (for instance, we’d re-categorize if only one person had ever checked in there and it was near a lot of other homes, or if it was called ‘batcave’),” revealed foursquare.

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