Are Social Discovery Apps Too Creepy?

Posted at 10:12 AM, Jul 08, 2013

iphone copy generic(CNN) — The premise of social discovery seems simple: Uncover the people and events around you, in real time, based on user interests and/or locations. But many worry today’s social apps define privacy in very different and sometimes concerning terms.

In 2012,Instagram revamped its privacy policy to much protest, andPath settled a casewith the FTC over its personal information collection practices. As more of these social discovery applications emerge, two concepts remain key: user discretion and transparency.

On the other hand, some users subsets are growing into the new social media landscape, when it comes to privacy. According to “Teens, Social Media and Privacy,” a report issued last monthby Pew Internet, teens are sharing more information about themselves on social media sites than they have in the past, but they’re also taking a variety steps to manage the privacy of that information.

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