Dispo, a popular photo app that mimics classic disposable cameras that recently raised $20 million in Series A funding, doesn’t appear to know what it’s doing with user data, repeatedly editing its policy in response to questions from Mashable, adding and removing lines about location tracking.
“We collect location data such as information about your device’s location, which can be either precise or imprecise… How much information we collect depends on the type and settings of the device you use to access the App.”
Mashable reached out to Dispo that day to ask if the app captured precise location data and what the company considered “precise.” The publication also asked if that data was ever sold or transferred to third parties.
Dispo removed that specific language in its policy only after receiving the email, and Mashable even noticed that it had made a mistake in the policy that was live on the company’s site until Mashable asked about it later. The news organization noticed that Dispo continued to make edits to the policy over time in response to further questions that were sent to the company, later adding a line that specified Dispo user location had not been tracked in the last year.
Mashable says that this whole issue is an indication of what Dispo’s priorities are, and it’s arguably not the users or their privacy.
If you’ve considered using Dispo, it’s important to note how wishy-washy the company has been with regards to questions about what it tracks, how it tracks it, and what it does with that information. Regardless of how you feel about the app, its founders, or its mission, being this inconsistent about something as important as privacy is alarming.
Image credits: Header image graphic licensed via Deposit Photos.