Anonymous sharing app Whisper under a cloud over user location data
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.
Whisper, which is described as a platform to anonymously share “innermost thoughts, secrets, and feelings,” is one of many privacy focused applications that became attractive after revelations last year by former National Security Agency contractor, Edward Snowden, that the agency was secretly tracking people online both in the U.S. and abroad. It also benefited from user concerns about exposing their identities on social media websites.
The Guardian report on Thursday will likely lead to a debate about how location data should be handled by services that promise users anonymity.