facebbok.jpgControversy shrouds Facebook over revealing user’s location in a new feature that it has launched.

 

 

Called Facebook Places, the application uses satellite tracking technology to permit people to ‘check in’ their current location and share it with friends.

 

Critics have voiced concern that the facility exposes users to the risk of burglary, stalking and harassment.

 

They also asserted that many users do not fully understand the site’s privacy options and are clueless about potential dangers.

 

The service is currently available in the United States, but the company plans to extend the feature worldwide.

 

Eric King of Privacy International, a human rights watchdog, said although Facebook defends the feature by saying the information is only shared with friends, users often have certain ‘friends’ they know little about.

 

“You are essentially telling people that you are not at home, that you are in this bar, or in this area. This could mean you end up burgled and at worst then people you don’t want knowing where you are can very easily find you,” King added.

 

However, Facebook insists users will have to agree to a number of clauses before the option is enabled.