April 29, 2014

Facebook Is Watching You

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Gone are the days when real-time tracking of another human being required an unmarked van, a satellite, and men in dark glasses.

The launch of Facebook's "Nearby Friends" feature allows users to track their friends everywhere.

The feature displays nearby friends on a map of the local area. It promises accuracy within half a mile and works quite well in spaces like airports and train stations, where Facebook encourages you to simply 'walk toward the dot.'

Disturbing? Slightly. But — for now anyway — this is a voluntary and fully opt-in feature that requires your permission before activating. Naturally we encourage your discretion with this feature. Find out more here.