Anonymous social media app Whisper might be tracking the location of users via GPS or IP address on their smartphones and then handing that info over to the U.S. Department of Defense, according to the Guardian.
The Guardian says it discovered the L.A.-based startup was pinpointing user locations within 500 meters, even after some of them had opted out of the ability to be tracked during a three-day trip to discuss a partnership with the company. An estimated 20 percent of users have opted out of geolocation tracking, according to the Guardian report.
Whisper allows millions of users to superimposed messages and personal information over photos and images and then post them to the app for others to see. Part of its promise is anonymity to those who want an outlet to post secrets or other things they don’t feel free to admit openly. There’s also a large user…
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