Apps like Whisper and Secret allow users to share secrets anonymously. Whisper was famously the home of a post accusing Gwyneth Paltrow of cheating on her husband, Chris Martin, shortly before their separation. But Wired had some legal and security experts look at the terms of service for both Whisper and Secret, and found that the privacy policies of these secrecy apps are not very secret or private:
Later in the policy, the company explains “How We Respond to Subpoenas from Courts,” an even stronger red flag. “We have taken great effort to build strong security and encryption architecture to keep your Posts completely anonymized,” the policy says. “While it is difficult to access, it is still technically possible for us to connect your Posts with your email address, phone number, or other personal data you have provided to us. This means that if a court asks us to disclose your identity, we may be compelled to do so.”
These apps, if you give them a moment's thought, feel almost like honey traps. Unless they're being built specifically with the protection of user data in mind, like Calyx or DuckDuckGo, it seems inevitable users will be vulnerable to their personal information being exposed. So I guess it's only a matter of time before the inevitable crowdfunded secret sharing app.