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7 Creepy Apps That Will Make You Paranoid About Your Privacy

The Huffington Post     First Posted: 04/04/12 01:12 PM ET Updated: 04/06/12 04:13 PM ET

Social discovery apps like Highlight can be great tools for those looking to connect and meet up with people around them, even if meeting for the first time may turn out to be awkward.

But while many of these kinds of apps allow users to pick and choose what information about them is shared, others don't. Take, for example, the app Girls Around Me, which recently received a lot of flack for being...well, creepy. This controversial app surreptitiously pulled public information and images from the web through services like Foursquare and Facebook in order to show users which girls (or boys) were physically near them. (The app is no longer available in Apple's App Store.)

While Girls Around Me was certainly sketchy, it did little more than lay out information that users had already made public via social networking services. It seems the moral of the story here is: Be careful what you share. And be aware of what apps exist that make it easy for any stranger to take a peek at what you'd rather keep under wraps.

Flip through the slideshow (below) to check out some of the creepiest apps that might make you think twice about how safe you are from creepers. Then, take a look at our slideshow featuring 9 of the most controversial apps censored by Apple's app store.

Did we leave out any creepy apps? Want to suggest another one we should include? Tell us about it in the comments and include a link. You can also tweet your suggestions to us @HuffPostTech, or email us: technology@huffingtonpost.com. We can't wait to see what you've found!

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Despite its name, the controversial Girls Around Me iPhone app let the user find girls or guys near his or her location. The app used publicly available photos from Facebook and location check-ins from Foursquare, letting the app-user check out the faces of nearby strangers, who didn't now their data was being used in this way. According to the Wall Street Journal, after stalking concerns were raised by sites like Cult of Mac, Foursquare cut off access to the app so locations would no longer be available to be paired with Facebook photos. The app's creators then pulled Girls Around Me from the App Store.
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