In an article released earlier today, Mashable published a story praising an app which would make it easier to track sex offenders than ever before.
The $1.99 app [produced by BeenVerified.com], which is available for both the iPhone [iTunes link] and devices running the latest version of Android, combines publicly available data from the sex offender registry with geolocation and augmented reality to make that data more useful and accessible to consumers.
The article focuses solely on the features of the app, and not its social implications. Lauren Indvik, who wrote the article, criticized the app because it could only search sex offenders in the vicinity of the user. She blatantly neglected how the privacy of sex offenders is violated by new technology. This information may make most people more aware and arguably safer, but it is a bad sign when we are willing to track an entire segment of the population.