I read about an iOS app today that essentially goes through your friends’ photographs looking for all the snaps of them in a bikini. The app in question is called Badabing! and it claims to be able to find the beach and pool pictures of your Facebook friends.
All you do is log in with your Facebook account and then choose a handful of friends whose pictures you’d like to app to scan, and once Badabing! has completed your search you are then able to bookmark your favourite photos. But wait a minute, that’s a huge invasion of privacy, is it not?
Well, to be perfectly blunt, no it isn’t. Creepy perhaps, but not an invasion of privacy. Think about it for a second – any photograph of you in a bikini or swimsuit that Badabing! finds is a photograph that you have uploaded to Facebook and shared with the person who downloaded and installed the app.
If you have an issue with people looking at your beach snaps then don’t upload them to Facebook in the first place, or only share photos with a private group of friends. They are the same photos that you were happy to share as part of a mass of snaps, only some bright spark has managed to make it easier for people to find the sexy ones, and is probably making a decent buck out of it.
The real villain here is the culture of over sharing, which in a digital age can quickly spiral out of control. Photos, videos, files etc can instantly be copied and distributed en masse with the utmost ease – so think about what it is you are sharing and who you are sharing it with before you private information becomes very much public.