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Wed Jul 21, 2021, 08:26 PM

The Inevitable Weaponization of App Data Is Here



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New: the inevitable weaponization of app data is here. Grindr gives location data to third parties, broker gives it to Catholic publication, outlet uses that to track and out priest as potentially gay without consent. This is not theoretical; real threat

The Inevitable Weaponization of App Data Is Here
A Substack publication used location data from Grindr to out a priest without their consent.
vice.com
9:12 AM · Jul 21, 2021


https://www.vice.com/en/article/pkbxp8/grindr-location-data-priest-weaponization-app


It finally happened. After years of warning from researchers, journalists, and even governments, someone used highly sensitive location data from a smartphone app to track and publicly harass a specific person. In this case, Catholic Substack publication The Pillar said it used location data ultimately tied to Grindr to trace the movements of a priest, and then outed him publicly as potentially gay without his consent. The Washington Post reported on Tuesday that the outing led to his resignation.

The news starkly demonstrates not only the inherent power of location data, but how the chance to wield that power has trickled down from corporations and intelligence agencies to essentially any sort of disgruntled, unscrupulous, or dangerous individual. A growing market of data brokers that collect and sell data from countless apps has made it so that anyone with a bit of cash and effort can figure out which phone in a so-called anonymized dataset belongs to a target, and abuse that information.

"Experts have warned for years that data collected by advertising companies from Americans’ phones could be used to track them and reveal the most personal details of their lives. Unfortunately, they were right," Senator Ron Wyden told Motherboard in a statement, responding to the incident. "Data brokers and advertising companies have lied to the public, assuring them that the information they collected was anonymous. As this awful episode demonstrates, those claims were bogus—individuals can be tracked and identified."

In short, The Pillar says that Msgr. Jeffrey Burrill, who was the general secretary of the U.S. bishops' conference (USCCB) before his resignation, visited gay bars and other locations while using gay dating app Grindr.

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Response to Nevilledog (Original post)

Wed Jul 21, 2021, 08:31 PM

1. Slippery slope.

While it is great to expose sanctimonious hypocrisy, the implications are sobering for the social Big Picture.

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Response to Nevilledog (Original post)

Wed Jul 21, 2021, 08:34 PM

2. Putting The Data Together....


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Response to smb (Reply #2)

Wed Jul 21, 2021, 08:38 PM

3. lol



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Response to Nevilledog (Original post)

Wed Jul 21, 2021, 08:39 PM

4. one of the benefits of using grindr nt

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