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Dating apps: Tinder and Grindr are said to have shared user data

2020-01-14T19:44:05.914Z

The operators of several dating apps have apparently sold data for advertising purposes. Consumers criticize that users would be "spied on extensively".



The Norwegian Consumer Council accuses the operators of several dating apps of having sold their users' personal data to third parties. According to a report by the consumer council, the dating app Grindr, among other things, has passed on information about the sexual orientation of its users. In doing so, the operators violate European law.

The GPS data, IP addresses and information on age and gender were also passed on to several companies for advertising purposes. According to the report, the dating app Tinder, which shared user data with at least 45 Match Group companies, is also criticized. Qibla Finder, the period app MyDays and the application My Talking Tom 2, which was designed for children, are said to have shared data.

For the report, consumer advocates had examined ten apps. They conclude that "the advertising industry systematically violates the law". 20 months after the entry into force of the European General Data Protection Regulation, consumers would still be spied on extensively and "would have no way of knowing which companies are processing their data and how they can be stopped".

Source: zeit

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