Dating apps are now universal worldwide. Every smartphone users use it like other normal apps. But there are few most popular dating apps like Grindr, OkCupid and Tinder. But, The Norwegian Consumer Council found there are more than 10 apps who are selling users data to advisors and other companies. In those apps, Grindr and OkCupid are included.
Norwegian Consumer Council found Dating apps share intimate data about users
Dating apps like Grindr and OkCupid has a lot of information stored about its users. We can say that these have Names, Contact Details, Current Location and Much more. So Grindr and OkCupid have shared users data with more than 100 businesses.
Finn Myrstad,(director of digital policy for the Norwegian Consumer Council) Said,
“These practices are out of control and in breach of European data protection legislation,”
“It is impossible for users to control this because the terms and conditions are really long and impossible to understand,”
We all know that The European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), has kept a lot of strict rules against data breach act. The Norwegian Consumer Council filed a complaint on Tuesday against the Grinder app by saying that they are breaking rules of GDPR.
The Grinder has rejected it and replied that all users have agreed with their policies which are mentioned in terms and conditions.
“As the data protection landscape continues to change, our commitment to user privacy remains steadfast,”
-The company said in a statement.
“Sharing location data for gay people can be risky in certain extreme circumstances,”
-Norway’s data protection commissioner Bjorn Erik Thon said in a statement.
OkCupid has shared users with personal information with marketing firms and political parties. Not only that, The researchers have also found that even Tinder is sharing location and some other users details with marketing firms.
“There are still some who do not want to be open about their orientation, and there are many countries in the world where being gay carries great risks.”
“Privacy is at the core of our business,”
-The company said.