The lesson of this story (of a Catholic blog using commercially resold Grindr data to out a gay priest) is *either* that anonymised data can always be de-anonymised (pretty much the intuition of lots of experts I know), or, less generally, you can't expect an org that benefits from selling other people's data to calibrate how much they should spend on anonymising.
@emma or possibly different communities? I know that folks were finding out similar problems when hookup apps were leaking info, which was relatively (relatively!) harmless in say a US context, but were deadly in countries with harsh anti-gay laws. It's hard to generalise threat models even when you think there's a commonality.
One of the advantages of a more federated model, I guess.
Yes, federation would help, but there's no amount of tech that will fix a systemic problem like homophobia and it's underlying causes.
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