Foursquare Updates Privacy Policy

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Foursquare Updates Privacy Policy

In an e-mail to users last night, Foursquare announced updates to its privacy policy just after Instagram gained some [temporary] haters for changes to its privacy terms. Beginning January 28, users’ full names will be displayed across the check-in service and venue owners will have increased access to users’ check-in data. The company sent an e-mail to users last night:

As our product evolves, one of the things we do is update our policies to match it. And a big aspect of that is privacy (something we think about a lot). This email lays out a couple changes that we’ll be making to our privacy policy in the coming month, and explains how they affect you and what you can do about it.

We know that privacy policies can be dense, so we put together a high-level document that we think of as our “Privacy 101.” It describes, in an easy-to-read way, how we build privacy into our product. While it doesn't replace the legal need for the complete description of our privacy practices (which you can read here), we hope it helps you better understand how we think about privacy. We’ve also added new explanations of how privacy works throughout the app in our FAQs, including our default privacy settings and how they can be adjusted.

Although Foursquare users sign up for a location-based service, they may not want everyone to know where they are. Account settings allows for different types of customization to make your location and account as private or public as you want it.

If you are interested in the other changes and details about the terms, the Privacy 101 page is exactly what Foursquare claims it to be: an easy-to-read document. The Foursquare team ends the e-mail with promises for a lot of plans for 2013, so I can’t wait to see what they are! Personally, I’m hoping for some more involvement with businesses and deals besides those offered with American Express. A girl can only hope.


Happy New Year!
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