How smartphone data can be used to learn secrets
This week, Monsignor Jeffrey Burrill stepped down from his job as top administrator for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops after a newsletter said it used his location data to determine he was using the Grindr app and frequenting gay bars.
What stands out about this particular incident isn’t that it’s improbable but that it’s the exact worst-case scenario privacy experts have been warning about for a long time. Personal data is collected, sold and bought by a tangle of app developers, data brokers and advertising companies with little oversight. The biggest shock may be that it didn’t happen sooner.