Grindr faces probe following leaking the users’ private information

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Grindr could face a probe under European data laws – after it emerged that data on users’ HIV statuses is being disclosed to two other companies that are allegedly working on optimizing the app. Grindr denied accusations of leaking private data such as phone IDs, e-mails and HIV-statuses. Cybersecurity experts also alleged that the dating app was sending advertisers its users’ precise GPS position, sexuality, relationship status, ethnicity, phone ID, and even their ‘tribe’ – an identifier of sexual identity such as ‘twink’ or ‘daddy’ or ‘leather’ -in a plaintext format which is an easy target for hackers. The Norwegian Consumer Council Forbrukerrådet has since said it filing a complaint against the app “for breaching data protection law” off the back of the investigation by Norwegian research group SINTEF. The NCC sent a letter to the Norwegian Data Protection Authority calling for a probe. It also queried Grindr’s claims that data relating to European users was in fact subject to US law, but American cyberprotection laws are much weaker than those in Europe.

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