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McLibel leaflet was co-written by undercover police officer Bob Lambert — 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' — 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 — 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 — 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 — 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 — The company behind Whisper, the social media app that promises users anonymity and claims to be the "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 — 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.


CARERS STUCK IN EARNINGS TRAP — Some carers face losing £61.35 a week after their earnings rise just £3 due to a Government failure to coordinate its policies. The people affected claim Carer's Allowance - which means they already work unpaid looking after a disabled person for at least 35 hours a week.

Between ranchers and Latinos, Arizona Democrats walk fine line on the border — Gary Thrasher has found migrants on his roof, in his truck, in the shower in his barn. They leave a trail of backpacks and water bottles by the mesquite tree on his land, three miles from the Mexican border. He and other ranchers often stumble across migrants, dead or alive.
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Oct 21, 2014

Columbia Journalism Review: The ethics of The Guardian's Whisper bombshell.…?

Oct 20, 2014

RT @kierenmccarthy: My @whisper account acting funny. Posts not appearing. Wonder if anything to do with asking difficult questions...

Oct 20, 2014

RT @CJR: It would have been a journalistic lapse for The Guardian not to have told readers what it had learned about Whisper

Oct 20, 2014

RT @janinegibson: This final par of @CJR's audit piece on Whisper and the Guardian devastatingly on point.…

Oct 20, 2014

Whisper "needs users to believe their data is safe, and media partners to believe it isn't", writes @paulcarr:

Oct 20, 2014

Whisper editor-in-chief denounces "pack of lies". Whisper CEO welcomes scrutiny, saying "we’re not infallible": ICYMI

Oct 19, 2014

Since we published our stores about Whisper last week @paulcarr's questions and commentary have been spot on. Worth following his feed.

Oct 19, 2014

Whisper editor-in-chief denounces "a pack of lies". Whisper CEO welcomes scrutiny and concedes "we’re not infallible”…

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