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[liberationtech] Reporta App???

Eleanor Saitta ella at
Thu Oct 1 10:22:28 PDT 2015

As far as I can tell, Reporta is a grade A example of a large NGO with a
reasonable degree of funding doing absolutely everything wrong in
application development and potentially putting their users at real
risk.  IWMF has been completely unresponsive, but I'm hoping we can get
some meaningful media coverage on the issue to press the point in this
specific case, and also as an example to other organizations that may be
tempted to put users in harms way.

There are basic ethics around doing no harm that are not optional, and
as far as I can tell, with this application IWMF has failed in every
possible way.


On 2015.09.30 21.29, Igor Ursu wrote:
> who is tech team who built it?
> is it open source?
> code review?
> why all the permissions needed?
> data storage locations? acess?
> why so much need for informations when opens?
> why so much informations in policy?
> Information Collected Automatically
> We use tools, including third-party analytical software, to automatically collect certain data about the device on which you use Reporta, including but not limited to: (i) device properties, such as the device identifier; (ii) the device operating system and firmware; (iii) mobile phone carrier; (iv) geographical data such as country, region and/or city; (v) when and where you activate Reporta; (vi) the manner in which you use Reporta; (vii) the frequency with which you use Reporta to communicate with and issue alerts to others; and (viii) other similar data. We may also use server log analysis tools to gather and analyze information regarding errors experienced by users. This information may be collected via several technologies, including cookies. 
> The above information belongs to IWMF.
> IWMF will collect Personally Identifiable Information from Reporta. IWMF may use the Personally Identifiable Information you provide, separately or in combination with other information IWMF collects, for the following purposes (but not limited to such purposes):
> To communicate with you about IWMF and your use of Reporta;
> To process the Check-in’s, Alerts, SOS messages and other communications you make through Reporta (as defined in How to Use Reporta) and provide services you have requested;
> To alert you to upgrades, service updates, special offers and other information about IWMF and the programs we offer; and
> To administer promotions and surveys.
> We may also use the information you provide to operate and maintain Reporta and to improve our effectiveness, content, services and communications with you; to enforce the Terms of Use accompanying Reporta; and to detect and protect against error, fraud and any other unauthorized or illegal activities.

Ideas are my favorite toys.

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