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"I Know Where Your Cat Lives" shows a world map of geo-tagged photos of cats. / Screenshot of "I Know Where Your Cat Lives"

"I Know Where Your Cat Lives" feeds your cute cat fix. At the same time, you might have a scary realization of how easy it is to access your data online.

The site plots 1 million photos tagged with "cat" and geolocation coordinates onto a Google world map.

"It's this wonderful, fun, entertaining thing, but it also enters the conversation .... of data use on the Internet," said Owen Mundy, associate professor of art at Florida State University, the project's creator.

All of the photos come from public image hosting sites, mainly Flickr and Instagram. Generally these sites have default settings that provide less privacy for the user, he said.

Mundy has stripped out any identifying information in the photos' metadata.

Still, "it's a little voyeuristic because you're peering into people's houses," he said.

Mundy is trying to raise $2,500 on Kickstarter to pay for servers to keep the website running.

For those who find the concept a little creepy, the site allows people to remove their photos from the map by changing the privacy settings on the app they used to upload the photo.

"The irony is that the more people who feel this is an invasion or this is creepy will contribute to the demise of the project because all the cats will disappear," he said.

But here's the "weird twist": Even with people removing their photos, Mundy said he gets as many requests asking, "How can I get my cat on the map?"

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