Continue reading "Grindr is super sorry for letting vendors see users' HIV status" Grindr, the popular gay dating app, has been in the spotlight lately for sharing users' personal data with third-party entities.
While it feels like everybody's doing it these days, Grindr was reportedly sharing users' HIV status and the date of their last test, as well as potentially identifying information like physical location, phone ID, and email addresses.
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The popular gay dating app, Grindr, found itself in the middle of a data leak controversy after it was found sharing sensitive user information - including their HIV status - with two analytics companies.However, map updating has also become more complex, as we use more devices for more activities, and we access updates online.Another big change in map updates is that more of them are free.Had that data leaked it could've been devastating.Read Full Story Grindr, a popular dating app for gay men, said it will stop sharing users' HIV data with third-party companies that analyze mobile and Web apps.The Norwegian Consumer Council has filed a privacy complaint about Grindr, arguing it's in breach of national and European data protection laws after it emerged the dating app has been sharing personal information about its users with third parties.As we reported earlier, Norwegian research outfit SINTEF analyzed the app's traffic and found that — if set — a user's HIV status is included in packets sent to two app optimization firms, Apptimize and Localytics. But users were not informed their HIV status was being shared.I am many things in one, a complex combination of inherent contradictions which found a way to harmoniously...Russian scammers mass-mail all men on the dating sites without even looking at their profiles.Grindr has claimed HIV status data is being shared only for testing and platform optimization purposes — and that the third parties in question are "under strict contractual terms that provide for the highest level of confidentiality, data security, and user privacy" .But, in SINTEF's assessment, it is not strictly necessary to transmit such data for analytics and functionality testing (A/B testing) purposes.