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As an investigative journalist, Chloe worked hard to protect her anonymity. Yet, when her source used TrueCaller, things changed privacyinternational.org/case-

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@privacyint That's why one should never give data of other people to 3rd parties without those people explicitly giving consent.

I'd even go a step further, requiring TrueCaller to not only offer opt-out, but working based on opt-in: if a person does not confirm that message you proposed, that number should be dropped. Full stop. No further nagging messages; "hold" it for a week or two – if confirmed enter it to the database, otherwise delete it.

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I wouldn't call this being betrayed by the app. Based on the linked article, I'd call it, "User blames app for not using it appropriately or securely."

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By 'user' I mean 'the one using the app.'

I do not mean, 'someone not using the app.'

@privacyint ... I agree about thoughts on TrueCaller and in particular on the opt-in, although this would probably jeopardize their business model. I also think that everybody should be much more paranoid; at the end of the day, the name/newspaper association has been put in the database by "Chloe" 's contact in the first place, so better avoid communications over the phone even in situations that seem "fine enough".

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can't wait for the headline saying their database was compromised and all the 'private' registered contact data is leaked to the public.

I bet that the opt-outs are registered as plain text data too, rather than a one-way hash that is checked against. So, in order to not be registered, you'd still have to have your number registered...

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