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Ten questions Whisper must answer at its Senate hearing about user tracking

theguardian.com — The 'anonymous' social media app Whisper has been summoned to Capitol Hill to answer questions posed by the powerful chair of the Senate commerce committee. Jay Rockefeller said revelations in the Guardian about how Whisper tracks its users raise "serious questions" over privacy and demanded an explanation.

Top senator asks Whisper to explain itself after user tracking revelations

theguardian.com — The chair of the Senate commerce committee has said revelations about how the "anonymous" social media app Whisper is tracking its users raise "serious questions" over privacy and demanded an explanation from the company. Senator Jay Rockefeller wrote to the chief executive of Whisper to ask for a detailed, in-person briefing for his committee staff.

Stern fellows remember Ben Bradlee: 'Like everyone else, I was in awe of him'

theguardian.com — Of the many legacies of the late Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee, perhaps none has had so great an impact on British journalism as the Laurence Stern fellowship. The fellowship, which welcomes a young British journalist for an internship at the Post each summer, was established following the death in 1979 of its namesake editor, a top newsroom talent and one of Bradlee's closest friends.

McLibel leaflet was co-written by undercover police officer Bob Lambert

theguardian.com — An undercover police officer posing for years as an environmental activist co-wrote a libellous leaflet that was highly critical of McDonald's, and which led to the longest civil trial in English history, costing the fast-food chain millions of pounds in fees.

Whisper chief executive answers privacy revelations: 'We're not infallible'

theguardian.com — The chief executive of the "anonymous" social media app Whisper broke his silence late on Saturday, saying he welcomed the debate sparked by Guardian US revelations about his company's tracking of users and declaring "we realise that we're not infallible".

Privacy experts call for Whisper to be investigated over tracking of some users

theguardian.com — Privacy experts on Friday called for the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to examine social media app Whisper's tracking of "anonymous users". The US consumer watchdog has broad powers to sanction companies it believes have breached their promises to consumers and has become increasingly interested in claims made by tech companies, sanctioning Facebook, Google and Snapchat in recent years.

Whisper: the facts

theguardian.com — On Thursday the Guardian published three stories detailing how Whisper, the social media app that claims to be "the safest place on the internet", is tracking the location of its users, including some who have specifically asked not to be followed.

How the 'safest place on the internet' tracks its users

theguardian.com — In an elegant warehouse-style building on Venice Beach known locally as "the fortress", Michael Heyward, a tech entrepreneur, was struggling to control the remote-controlled drone hovering above the heads of his employees. The 27-year-old son of Andy Heyward, one of cartoon character Inspector Gadget's co-creators, giggled as the drone came crashing down to the floor, narrowly missing the head of a female developer.

Revealed: how Whisper app tracks ‘anonymous’ users

theguardian.com — The company behind Whisper, the social media app that promises users anonymity and claims to be "the safest place on the internet", is tracking the location of its users, including some who have specifically asked not to be followed.

Whisper app rewrites terms of service and privacy policy

theguardian.com — Whisper, the app which claims to be "the first completely anonymous social media network", has introduced major changes to its terms of service after learning that the Guardian planned to publish details about its business practices.
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Oct 24, 2014

If you missed it, a Senate committee now wants answers from 'anonymous' app Whisper. Here are the ten key questions: ow.ly/Dg0oQ

Oct 24, 2014

@BristleKRS There was a bigger version, with photos. Then the smaller one. Alas, both covers were flimsy!

Oct 24, 2014

The book my colleague @robevansgdn and I wrote about the undercover policing scandal is now in paperback edition: ow.ly/Dg0eo

Oct 24, 2014

If you've been following the scandal over the 'anonymous' app Whisper, there have been some developments in the US: ow.ly/Dg0oQ

Oct 24, 2014

You can now get a paperback edition of our book 'Undercover: The True Story of Britain's Police' for £6.49. ow.ly/Dg02x

Oct 24, 2014

Yesterday the Met paid £425,000 to a victim of undercover policing. Similar claims in pipeline from other women: gu.com/p/42ym2/stw

Oct 23, 2014

RT @trevortimm: Everything @FareedZakaria says Snowden should argue at trial would be ruled irrelevant and never heard by the jury. pic.twitter.com/H8IbQRCtaP

Oct 23, 2014

RT @FiveThirtyEight: New Senate Update: Why the battle for control of the Senate may come down to Iowa. 53eig.ht/1t7rRyb pic.twitter.com/aKIRljGIvk

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