[NetBehaviour] Creepy app warns of an end to privacy.

marc garrett marc.garrett at furtherfield.org
Fri Apr 1 11:54:41 CEST 2011

Creepy, a package described as a 'geolocation information aggregator,' 
is turning heads in privacy circles, but should people be worried? We 
chat to its creator, Yiannis Kakavas, to find out what's going on.

Creepy is a software package for Linux or Windows - with a Mac OS X port 
in the works - that aims to gather public information on a targeted 
individual via social networking services in order to pinpoint their 
location. It's remarkably efficient at its job, even in its current 
early form, and certainly lives up to its name when you see it in use 
for the first time.

You can enter a Twitter or Flickr username into the software's 
interface, or use the in-built search utility to find users of interest. 
When you hit the 'Geolocate Target' button, Creepy goes off and uses the 
services' APIs to download every photo or tweet they've ever published, 
analysing each for that critical piece of information: the user's 
location at the time.


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