Looks like Foursquare does not want to welcome its new competitor. Foursquare updated its privacy settings today the same day Facebook is about to unveil its new location-based social networking feature.
The new settings make it easier for Foursquare users to hide their email addresses and phone numbers, to opt-out of automatic check-in at certain venues, and to choose which lists they appear on. It allows them to control whether or not they publish their Foursquare activity to Facebook and Twitter, and decide whether they want companies and businesses to know if they are a regular customer.
Foursquare’s refinement of its privacy controls comes just hours before Facebook is holding a news conference in California, where the company is expected to unveil plans for its own location-based services.
“Facebook has come under fire for how it handles privacy and educating its users about their options,” said Samuel Axon, a journalist with technology website Mashable. “Foursquare is making a smart move by positioning itself as a service that cares about privacy, and making sure its users fully understand it.”
I have to agree with Samuel, I would never trust Facebook’s location service. I really can’t say never cause I am yet to see how it works and how it handles privacy.