IU re-releases sex app pulled over privacy concerns

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A smartphone app that allows people to report their sexual behaviors has returned.

The Kinsey Reporter, developed by the Indiana University School of Informatics and Computing and the Kinsey Institute, was delayed over concerns about the privacy of the information submitted. The app was released in August and available for about a month before being taken down.

The app has now been re-released. The project encourages people to share their experiences on sex, relationships, sexual violence, public displays of affection and other information. Scientists hope the crowdsourced information will give them a greater understanding of several aspects of sex that are difficult to study. The data will be made available to the public through the Kinsey Reporter website.

A review of the app led to a single change. Under the original system, reports from low-population areas were supposed to be time-delayed. Instead, the system won’t post that information until enough reports are compiled from a low-population area.

The app is available from Apple’s App Store and Google Play.


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