'Whisper' and 'Secret' Apps Aren't So Private After All

Episode 1084

It's probably not a good idea to use Whisper or Secret to reveal secrets about your company, or as a platform for whistleblowing. An article in Wired this weekend says that if you read the privacy policies, all of these apps say they will reveal all identifying information if subpoenaed.

Whistleblowers Beware: Apps Like Whisper and Secret Will Rat You Out (Wired)…

Secret App Allows Users to Post Anonymously

Episode 1066

iPhone app "Secret" allows users to share posts anonymously with friends. After its installed, it looks at your contact list, and will show you whether secrets come from a friend, a friend of a friend, or someone else. It also allows you to comment anonymously on secrets. This is a new category for anonymous apps, and there's a debate going on about whether or not this is encouraging a lot of negative behavior.