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An art project in Berlin based on the gay chat app @Grindr has set off a debate over the online privacy of geo-location dating services, and the effect they might be having on their users.
Hebel am Ufer (HAU), a state-funded theater which sponsored Verhoeven's project, later held two town hall-style meetings to discuss the merits and failings of the project. An American in his 20s who went over to Verhoeven's cube shortly after it opened became particularly irate when he saw his chat messages and photos being read by the assembled crowd.
He has threatened legal action against the artist and HAU, accusing both of entrapment.
The artist maintains the project stoked a necessary debate on privacy and identity online.
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And Verhoeven says few have taken the time to examine the effect the app may be having on their ability to connect with other people in public spaces.
"The feeling we have on the Internet is that we are safe there, that no body is looking at us," Verhoeven says.
"We experience a certain sense of secrecy that we share with people whom we don't know.
It raises the question: why do we share a secret with people whom we don't know when, on the streets, we could look these same people in the eyes and maybe share the same things with real people?
" But Tavia Nyong'o, a professor of performance studies at New York University, says the project raises a lot of red flags, in particular about privacy.Tags: Adult Dating, affair dating, sex dating