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.

Revealed: how Whisper app tracks ‘anonymous’ users | Technology | The Guardian

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.

(via gregcohn)