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Is this popular app letting hackers stalk you?

Is this popular app letting hackers stalk you?
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Have you used Waze? It's a fun and innovative way to cut down your drive time, whether you're running late for work or you're scrambling to get to a concert before it starts.

Waze, which is owned by Google, is essentially a map app combined with a social media app. People just like you, who are driving the same roads as you, share local driving conditions.

You just keep the app open and drive. Other Waze users can see your car icon if you're driving along just fine or stuck in traffic. Or, you can add in road conditions to alert other drivers, if you want.

If there's a crash up ahead, for example, you can see other Waze drivers suggesting you take a different route. It's really handy. (See photo below.)

However, Waze is embroiled in a controversy right now that's scary for you or anyone you know who uses Waze.

It turns out, a reporter for Fusion recently discovered that if she told people where she lived and worked, they could find her specific location on Waze, and then follow her. The problem is, stalkers or anyone else who wants to follow you, can set up their computer system to retrieve your Waze information before it goes back to Waze's servers, the reporter said.

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