Don't get me wrong, I'm all for using API's such as the ones offered by Google for good, especially those using Google Maps and other such useful tools however I discovered a site featured on the Google API page called Frappr.com that goes a little into the realm of dangerous. It essentially takes Google maps and overlays different peoples locations using user inputted data such as your zip code, myspace or other such social networking pages and your email address. You can create groups for you and your friends or coworkers and even put a photo of yourself on the page. Neat concept and all but it was scary enough when all someone needed was your address to get an extraordinarily accurate little satellite map to your house with turn by turn directions. Now all they have to do is go to frappr and look at your picture, decide they like the way you look and bang, they can find you. The internet provides enough ways to have personal information stolen and for stalkers to find new victims without all of us providing a photo, map and email address for the crazies to follow right to our front doors.
Posted by Galen at 7:56:00 AM