In the somewhat confusingly written clarification, Guardian US
yesterday stated that it was “happy to clarify” that IP address
data is “a very rough and unreliable indicator of location,” that
Whisper had drafted changes to its terms of service before
Guardian US contacted it, and that it did not share personal
information with the Department of Defense.
One of its central claims that it did not walk back, however, was
that Whisper was looking at location data of users who had not
opted in to having it tracked. Nor did it retract a disputed
quote, allegedly made by one of Whisper’s executives, claiming it
would track a certain lobbyist for the rest of his life.
The bottom line is that the “clarification” did more to muddy
things than it did to make them apparent. Still, for Whisper’s
management, apparently this represents “good enough.”