- Grindr is sending users’ identifying information and location to dozens of ad companies, according to a new watchdog report.
- Grindr is the world’s biggest gay dating app. By identifying its users to ad companies, it essentially broadcasts their sexual orientation to third parties.
- OkCupid and Tinder also share users’ dating choices and location with ad companies, the report found.
- The report’s authors have called on regulators in the US and Europe to investigate whether the apps are violating privacy laws.
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Many of Grindr’s users intentionally browse the app discreetly, hiding their name and face from public view to avoid being outed on the world’s most popular gay dating app. Its logo, a mask, points to this air of secrecy.
But Grindr itself is sending advertising companies identifying information about its users, which in turn is shared with many other businesses, according to a new report from the Norwegian Consumer Council, which we first saw in The New York Times.
The report analyzed data-sharing practices of dozens of Android apps.