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"Whisper" App Secretly Spying On Users
« on: October 18, 2014, 05:19:00 pm »
"Anonymity", "Privacy", these are just weasel words it seems from an underhand company that is in cahoots with the US Govt.  :shocked:

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/oct/16/-sp-revealed-whisper-app-tracking-users

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The company behind Whisper, the social media app that promises users anonymity and claims to be “the safest place on the internet”, is tracking the location of its users, including some who have specifically asked not to be followed.

The practice of monitoring the whereabouts of Whisper users – including those who have expressly opted out of geolocation services – will alarm users, who are encouraged to disclose intimate details about their private and professional lives

After reviewing Whisper’s back-end tools and speaking extensively with the company’s executives, the Guardian has also established that:

    User data, including Whisper postings that users believe they have deleted, is collated in a searchable database. The company has no access to users’ names or phone numbers, but is storing information about the precise time and approximate location of all previous messages posted through the app. The data, which stretches back to the app’s launch in 2012, is being stored indefinitely, a practice seemingly at odds with Whisper’s stated policy of holding the data only for “a brief period of time”.

  A team headed by Whisper’s editor-in-chief, Neetzan Zimmerman, is closely monitoring users it believes are potentially newsworthy, delving into the history of their activity on the app and tracking their movements through the mapping tool. Among the many users currently being targeted are military personnel and individuals claiming to work at Yahoo, Disney and on Capitol Hill.

This is a deliberate and cynical effort to spy on those promised anonymous security, no one will know of the damage this has caused or will cause in the future, this is at least a breach of the companies own claims if not other laws related to data gathering without legal consent.

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