Girls Around Me — the iPhone app that's been called "creepy" and a way to abet stalkers — has been pulled, voluntarily, from the App Store. But it continues to stir debate about privacy and whether the app has been unfairly slammed.
It's the user who's the problem, not the app, right? Depends on whom you ask.
Girls Around Me uses location data from mobile service Foursquare to view nearby girls or guys, as Mashable explains. The user can "scan" for people (the default is women) who have checked into Foursquare, see preview pictures and then peek in on an individual's Facebook profile.
When the app flap began, Foursquare released a statement saying Girls Around Me violated its API policy. Apple removed the app Saturday night.
App designer i-Free Innovations, of Russia, appears more than a little irritated by all the fuss, telling the Wall Street Journal in a lengthy statement that the app is misunderstood and doesn't access any data that isn't already readily available.