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Privacy a worry as an app scans the bar scene

Firm says its technology doesn’t identify people

It’s New Year’s Eve. You can’t decide whether to hit the Allston pub or the Cambridge bar. But if your smartphone could tell you how crowded the two places were, the ratio of men to women inside, even the average age of the crowds, would that make the decision easier?

A company called SceneTap has launched a smartphone application at more than 30 bars, mostly in Boston and Cambridge, that it says can do all that right now.

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