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  • Published 23.03.14

Avoiding someone? New app Cloak makes the process that much easier by tracking the location data of those you’re hiding from and alerting you when they’re near.

Calling itself the “anti-social network”, Clock scrapes users’ public location information from Foursquare and Instagram to track and avoid any awkward encounters.

The locations and thumbnail pictures of contacts are displayed on a map and in a list with more precise information as to the individual’s exact whereabouts.

Cloak said it didn’t use location data from Twitter as the information “just wasn’t there”. “Most users have it turned off and even when it’s on, it’s quite vague,” it said.

Earlier this year it emerged that NSA and GCHQ harvested data from apps including location, age, sex information in order to track suspected terrorists.

One slide from a May 2010 NSA presentation, titled “Golden Nugget!”, set out the agency’s “perfect scenario”, described as “target uploading photo to a social media site taken with a mobile device.” The presentation explained that in such a case, the agency could get hold of a “possible image”, email and “a host of other social working data as well as location”.