iOS

Citizen: Connect and Stay Safe – sp0n, Inc.

UPDATE: The always-on location requirement has become even more intrusive (ie you can’t use the app without allowing always-on location access). One star and deleted.

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Woulda been a 5-star review but the app just started prompting for always-on location access EVERY time you open the app. Not cool. Annoying enough that I’m now considering deleting an app that I tend to check on a daily basis.

EDIT:
The developer was kind enough to respond to my review clarifying that they do indeed perform the action that I’ve claimed is intrusive and annoying. But it’s ok because they promise to protect my privacy in the process.

“Hi there, Citizen’s mission has always been to keep people informed and protected by using technology responsibly. We ask that you enable your location settings so that Citizen can work in the background, even when you’re not using the app, to send you real-time, sometimes life-saving crime and safety alerts. We understand some users are concerned about their privacy when sharing their location data. We can assure you that Citizen protects all user data by storing as little as necessary to run our safety network. We encrypt all data and connections. And we will never share or sell user data to third parties. If your settings aren’t properly configured, you will see a reminder to update them. You can dismiss that modal to continue into the app, but it will appear again the next time you open Citizen.”

Hi there,

Citizen’s mission has always been to keep people informed and protected by using technology responsibly. We ask that you enable your location settings so that Citizen can work in the background, even when you’re not using the app, to send you real-time, sometimes life-saving crime and safety alerts.

We understand some users are concerned about their privacy when sharing their location data. We can assure you that Citizen protects all user data by storing as little as necessary to run our safety network. We encrypt all data and connections. And we will never share or sell user data to third parties.

If your settings aren’t properly configured, you will see a reminder to update them. You can dismiss that modal to continue into the app, but it will appear again the next time you open Citizen.

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