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But for any homophobe or sociopath to be able to anonymously determine how to get to my front door or window is very disturbing…I’ll likely discontinue Grindr until I see this resolved.I can’t even guess what town he’s in, as there are probably 3 towns within that distance from where I am: of the other user.Thus, while you know that he’s 1,000 feet away, he could be north, south, east, west, or anywhere in a 360 degree arc; making it impossible to know where he actually is.I’m currently in a very rural area, and it pinpointed to my exact location.Because there’s no address anywhere near 100 feet of me, anyone can find exactly where I am. I’m not closeted and don’t generally feel threatened here.Second, sometimes you value your anonymity because you’re not “out.” Many gay people are not out of the closet, either because they just aren’t comfortable having everyone know they’re gay, or because they live somewhere where it’s not safe being gay (such as Russia, Africa, certain parts of America, etc.) They could also be a minor who’s not out to their parents.Many Grindr users give permission for their to be known to other Grindr users – and I emphasize “general.” Depending on the options the user selects, the app will show the distance in feet, meters, miles or kilometers between the user and any other nearby users. Note that while Grindr tells me the person is 2 miles away, I get no additional information as to where they’re located, so I really have zero idea where the person actually is.
The charge, first reported by NDTV — which I tested and found to be accurate — is that someone not even signed in to the phone/tablet application can find the location of any Grindr user to within about 100 feet.
In my case, the Web site was able to find me on a map within 100 feet of my actual location.
(I tried other continents, but was unsuccessful.) In contrast to some reports online, when I turned off the “show distance” setting in Grindr, my blue dot from the Web page.
And I seriously doubt that any Grindr users were aware that showing their near-exact location (and to someone who doesn’t even have an account on Grindr and isn’t even signed in) was a “core functionality of the application.” It’s actually kind of creepy.
Also note that the not-a-bug doesn’t just show anonymous blue dots.It shows you the name and picture associated with the user’s profile, when you click the blue dot.