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Anonymous sharing app Whisper under a cloud over user location data

John Ribeiro | Oct. 20, 2014
Anonymous sharing app Whisper has come under a cloud after a newspaper report charged it with tracking the location of its users, including those who have asked not to be followed.

The company's privacy policy, updated Monday, allows the app to determine the user's location by city, state or country based on the IP address, even when location services have been disabled. It also allows the company to disclose information such as posts, IP addresses and the user's general location to comply with laws. The Guardian said the terms of service were updated after Whisper found out that the newspaper planned to run the story.

WhisperText said it had noticed how frequently suicide was mentioned by people living on US military bases or compounds and "reached out to organizations to see how we could work together to address this important issue." The information shared was not personally identifiable, it added. The app said it did not have a service in China.

WhisperText highlights and curates thematic narratives from users who are not personally identifiable either to Whisper employees or to the public. The Guardian has partnered and worked with Whisper since February this year and published stories using Whisper posts, with full understanding of its guidelines, WhisperText said.

 

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