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Secret App Whisper Call The Guardian Tracking Claims ‘Pack of Vicious Lies’

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Anonymous secret app Whisper have been accused by The Guardian of tracking the personal data of users, and sharing it with US government agencies.

Whisper have responded angrily to the claims, calling them “a pack of vicious lies”.

Whisper is an app that allows users to post anonymous secret messages.

It currently has over 2.6m messages sent across its network every day.

The Guardian’s story – today’s lead front page story – says they discovered the practises when journalists were granted access to Whisper’s office in Los Angeles.

The newspaper claims that Whisper tracks the “rough location” of users who have opted out of geo-location, share details with the US Department of Defence if people post from the Pentagon or US military bases, and store the data indefinitely in a searchable database.

The Guardian said:
“The practice of monitoring the whereabouts of Whisper users — including those who have expressly opted out of geo location services — will alarm users, who are encouraged to disclose intimate details about their private and professional lives”.

The Guardian article also said that four days after Whisper knew the article was going to be published, they changed their terms of service.

Whisper claim to be the “safest place on the Internet” and their editor in chief, Neetzan Zimmerman has issued a series of scathing tweets regarding the claims.

Zimmerman tweeted:

The company have since released a full document, where they respond in full to the claims made by The Guardian.

See it here.

Simon Edmunds

Simon is the former editor of Global Dating Insights. Born in Newcastle, he has an English degree from Queen Mary, London and after working for the NHS, trained as a journalist with the Press Association. Passionate about music, journalism and Newcastle United.

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