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Revealed: how Whisper app tracks ‘anonymous’ users

Revealed: how Whisper app tracks ‘anonymous’ users | Gentlemachines | Scoop.it
After reviewing Whisper’s back-end tools and speaking extensively with the company’s executives, the Guardian has also established that:

User data, including Whisper postings that users believe they have deleted, is collated in a searchable database.
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Another company that also "guarantees" anonymity has been ousted as thoroughly committed to exploit users' trust.

 

«After reviewing Whisper’s back-end tools and speaking extensively with the company’s executives, the Guardian has also established that:

User data, including Whisper postings that users believe they have deleted, is collated in a searchable database. A team headed by Whisper’s editor-in-chief, Neetzan Zimmerman, is closely monitoring users it believes are potentially newsworthy, delving into the history of their activity on the app and tracking their movements through the mapping tool.Whisper’s policy toward sharing user data with law enforcement has prompted it on occasions to provide information to both the FBI and MI5. The company is cooperating with the US Department of Defense, sharing information with researchers investigating the frequency of mentions of suicide or self-harm from smartphones that Whisper knows are being used from US military bases.Whisper is developing a Chinese version of its app, which received a soft-launch earlier this month. Companies like Google, Facebook and Twitter are banned in mainland China. Whisper executives said they had agreed to the demands China places on tech companies operating in its jurisdiction, including a ban on the use of certain words.

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Web freedom faces greatest threat ever, warns Google's Sergey Brin

Web freedom faces greatest threat ever, warns Google's Sergey Brin | Gentlemachines | Scoop.it

"The threat to the freedom of the internet comes, he claims, from a combination of governments increasingly trying to control access and communication by their citizens, the entertainment industry's attempts to crack down on piracy, and the rise of "restrictive" walled gardens such as Facebook and Apple, which tightly control what software can be released on their platforms."

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Nike+ FuelBand and Google Glass: what next for the 'quantified self'?

Nike+ FuelBand and Google Glass: what next for the 'quantified self'? | Gentlemachines | Scoop.it
Chris Hollindale: We're only just at the beginning of the 'quantified self' movement, which tracks movement, diet and other issues using gadgets
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"The quantified self movement – the idea that tracking metrics about yourself can lead to self-improvement – appears to be gathering steam. With products such as the FitBit One, Jawbone Up and Nike+ FuelBand boasting impressive sales numbers (the FuelBand reportedly sold out within four hours of its launch), it seems that self-tracking is finding traction and on the way to becoming an ubiquitous feature of daily life."

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US National Security Agency boss asks hackers to make internet more secure

US National Security Agency boss asks hackers to make internet more secure | Gentlemachines | Scoop.it
General Keith Alexander stresses common ground between US officials and hackers at Def Con gathering in Las Vegas...
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War of the cyber worm: the most destructive attack on the internet

War of the cyber worm: the most destructive attack on the internet | Gentlemachines | Scoop.it

"An edited extract from Worm: the story of the First Digital World War by Mark Bowden" (from The Guardian)

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