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Personal data of millions of Whisper “anonymous” app users was freely available

The Whisper app logo.

The Whisper application, which had its heyday in the mid-2010s by offering the possibility of posting messages anonymously, has left online for several years a database containing personal information about its users, reveals the Washington Post.

According to the American daily, the database contained, for example, the age, location, pseudonym or sexual orientation entered by the users. About 900 million accounts were in the file, including 1.3 million users aged 15. The database was accessible without a password on a server. It is no longer accessible today.

MediaLab, the owner of Whisper, told Washington Post that this database was designed to contain only information publicly displayed in the application. In 2014, the company had already been the subject of strong criticism, when it was revealed that Whisper collected the geolocation of its users without having informed them.

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