In July, during the recent Israeli war in Gaza, Whisper was able to monitor Israeli Defense Force soldiers on the frontline. “We had 13 or 14 soldiers who we were tracking – every whisper they did,” one Whisper executive said during the Guardian’s visit. Separately, Whisper has been following a user claiming to be a sex-obsessed lobbyist in Washington DC. The company’s tracking tools allow staff to monitor which areas of the capital the lobbyist visits. “He’s a guy that we’ll track for the rest of his life and he’ll have no idea we’ll be watching him,” the same Whisper executive said.
This report is scathing.
Whisper are denying it. I have concerns about the ethics of reporting on a company you’re in behind-closed-doors partnership discussions with, but I have no doubts about the Guardian’s reporting. I don’t guess they’ll be issuing any retractions here.