Whisper tracks its anonymous users
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Oct 20, 2014
Whisper tracks its anonymous users

From Ask.fm to Secret, and from Whisper to Yik Yak, anonymous platforms that let people share or communicate in secret have seen explosive growth. But what happens if the anonymity is an illusion? With Whisper collecting data on its users, can it regain their trust?

The secret-telling app and so-called "safest place on the internet" is tracking user locations without their consent, according to a report by The Guardian. In addition, Whisper shares information with the US Department of Defence if someone has sent a message from inside a military base. The company's in-house mapping tool even allows its staff to filter and search GPS data, pinpointing messages within 500 metres of where they were sent.