Crime Reporting Citizen App Exposed Billie Eilish’s Address

Crime Reporting Citizen App Exposed Billie Eilish’s Address

Crime Reporting Citizen App Exposed Billie Eilish’s Address

The address of Billie Eilish’s family home was revealed via a push notification to users of the Citizen crime-reporting app, VICE reports(Opens in a new window).

The app, which is believed to have been used by more than 10 million(Opens in a new window) last year, sent out an initial notification telling users that police were responding to a 911 call in the Highland Park neighborhood of Los Angeles on the night of Jan. 5.

This was followed by an update at 9.41pm which revealed the house belonged to popstar Billie Eilish. This notification, reports VICE, was sent to 178,000 people and was seen by 78,000 of them.

Police quickly arrested a man who had broken into the house 15 minutes after receiving a call from the housekeeper, who was not there but had been alerted to the break-in by a paging system. camera, reports KTLA.(Opens in a new window).

The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) is currently investigating the case to determine if the suspect stole anything. KTLA reported that the suspect fought with law enforcement before being arrested.

On Friday morning, Citizen reportedly updated the description of the incident in the app to name a cross street rather than an exact address.

Citizen has gained notoriety for its goal of engaging users to record and film active crime and police activity taking place in their neighborhood: when it first launched as Vigilante in 2016, Apple has removed the platform from its App Store due to security concerns. obliged to rename itself Citizen.

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Citizen Privacy Policy(Opens in a new window) states that it seeks to store personal data “for as short a time as possible”, although this does not apply to victims of crimes reported on the app, but to its users.

In April 2021, Citizen CEO Andrew Frame openly encouraged(Opens in a new window) users to track down and find a suspected arsonist. The app placed a $30,000 bounty for any user who managed to find the man, but it was later revealed that he was not responsible for the arson.

Citizen did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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