The Crime Reporting Citizen app revealed Billie Eilish’s address

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

The app, which was reportedly used by over 10 million(Opens in a new window) people last year, sent an initial message informing users that police were responding to a 911 call in Los Angeles’ Highland Park neighborhood on the night of Jan. 5.

This was followed by an update at 9.41pm which revealed the home belonged to pop star Billie Eilish. That message, VICE reports, was sent to 178,000 people and was seen by 78,000 of them.

Police immediately arrested a man who had broken into the home 15 minutes after receiving a call from the home’s housekeeper, who was not on the property but had been alerted to the break-in by a camera system, KTLA reports(Opens in a new window).

The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) is now investigating the case to find out if the suspect has stolen anything. KTLA reported that the suspect struggled with law enforcement before being taken into custody.

By Friday morning, the Citizen reportedly updated the app’s description of the incident to name a cross street instead of an exact address.

Citizen has attracted notoriety for its focus on having users record and film active crimes and police activity happening in their vicinity: When it first launched as Vigilante in 2016, Apple pulled the platform from the App Store due to security concerns, so it was forced to rebrand as Citizen.

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Citizen’s 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 users.

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

The Citizen did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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