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Dating apps share intimate data about users, says consumer group

TBILISI: Standard courting apps like Grindr and OkCupid share private information about customers, together with their location and sexuality, with about 100 different companies, a Norwegian client group stated on Jan 14, because it filed a grievance about breach of privateness guidelines.

The Norwegian Shopper Council discovered that 10 broadly used Android apps that collect delicate information about well being, drug use, and sexual preferences handed a few of it on to promoting and advertising corporations with out clearly informing customers.

“These practices are uncontrolled and in breach of European information safety laws,” stated Finn Myrstad, director of digital coverage for the Norwegian Shopper Council.

“It’s not possible for customers to regulate this as a result of the phrases and situations are actually lengthy and not possible to grasp,” he advised the Thomson Reuters Basis.

Tech corporations have come beneath elevated scrutiny over information privateness, fuelled by 2018’s Cambridge Analytica scandal by which tens of hundreds of thousands of Fb profiles have been harvested with out their customers’ consent.

The European Union’s Normal Knowledge Safety Regulation (GDPR), applied in 2018, closely restricts corporations’ skill to course of and share private info with out customers’ consent, with hefty fines for corporations that break the principles.

The Norwegian Shopper Council filed a grievance on Jan 14 in opposition to the US-based homosexual courting app Grindr and corporations receiving information from it with Norway’s information authority, which stated it was trying into whether or not they had damaged GDPR guidelines.

Grindr stated it rejected a few of the report’s conclusions, including that its privateness coverage was shared with all customers, who had particular person management over what info they selected to offer of their profiles.

“As the information safety panorama continues to vary, our dedication to person privateness stays steadfast,” the corporate stated in a press release.

The council’s research discovered that the app, which is utilized by hundreds of thousands globally, shares information with a lot of third events concerned in promoting and profiling, a lot of which reserve the precise to move it on to others.

“Sharing location information for homosexual individuals will be dangerous in sure excessive circumstances,” Norway’s information safety commissioner Bjorn Erik Thon, stated in a press release.

“There are nonetheless some who don’t need to be open about their orientation, and there are lots of nations on the earth the place being homosexual carries nice dangers.”

The research additionally discovered that OkCupid shares info from customers’ private profiles associated to sexuality, drug use and political beliefs with an analytics firm, whereas the courting app Tinder shares location and age with advertising corporations.

The Match Group, which owns OkCupid and Tinder, stated in a press release that it used third social gathering suppliers to help its providers however solely shared info deemed essential to function its platforms, consistent with the relevant legal guidelines.

“Privateness is on the core of our enterprise,” the corporate stated. – Reuters

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