We’re always looking for ways to give our users more control over the data they share through foursquare. We’ve been thinking about how to improve the User Settings page for a while, so we’ve made some changes to the controls you can use to adjust the way you share information with foursquare. For example, you can now choose to share your email or phone number with friends, opt out of all Mayorships, and have more control over email settings. We invite you to check out your updated settings page to review some of the tweaks we’ve made.
It seems that a lot of concerns over information sharing on location-based services arise from confusion over what is shared and where it’s shared, so we’ve put together an explanation of the different ways foursquare uses and shares location information. You can see this overview here: http://foursquare.com/privacy
We’ve also put together a detailed grid that shows exactly which information is public vs. private and what options foursquare gives you to control the way you share your information. You can view this grid here: http://foursquare.com/privacy/grid
And, of course, we’d love to hear your feedback on these changes. Let us know your thoughts in the comments or via email. Thanks!
- team foursquare