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At Whisper's news-gathering operation, data collection comes under siege
At Whisper's news-gathering operation, data collection comes under siege

Can an app that people anonymously share confessions on, some of which become fodder for news stories, protect the users' identities? That's the issue surrounding Whisper this week. When opening the anonymous message board app Whisper on an iOS device for the first time, users are twice prompted to allow the Los Angeles start-up to determine their pinpoint location so they can view posts shared by people nearby. But the Guardian reported Thursday that Whisper collects IP addresses and therefore continues to generally track even the thin slice of users who don’t consent to sharing location data. Monitoring IP addresses is common for online services. Whisper uses the data...

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