N.J. archdiocese reviews app data, raises concerns about data collection – The Catholic Sun

After being made aware of a “published media report with information inferring possible inappropriate software app use by certain clergy” within the Newark Archdiocese, a statement from the archdiocese said it is reviewing the matter. “Although the information shared with the archdiocese does not provide any evidence of misconduct by archdiocesan clergy or employees, we recognize that any app or technology has the potential for misuse or abuse, which would be of concern,” it said in a July 23 statement. “This matter is to be further reviewed.” “We understand the information is based on the collection of app use data on mobile devices in certain locations,” the archdiocese said. “Many consider this data collection to be controversial and morally suspect due to its potential to harm the reputations of innocent individuals who may not have engaged in misconduct of any kind.” “We are committed to protecting the faithful,” it added, “and when we learn of any immoral behavior or misconduct, we immediately take appropriate measures to address concerns and reinforce this commitment.” The published report was by The Pillar, an online outlet that covers the Catholic Church and provides news and analysis.

N.J. archdiocese reviews app data, raises concerns about data collection – The Catholic Sun

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