Dating App Privacy
This final post isn’t about LGBTQ censorship … it’s about privacy. A story that came from the Norwegian Consumer Council this week illustrates how much data users of dating apps like Grindr are giving away. Mostly without their knowledge.
The report uncovers how every time we use apps, hundreds of shadowy entities are receiving personal data about our interests, habits, and behaviour. This information is used to profile consumers, which can be used for targeted advertising, but may also lead to discrimination, manipulation and exploitation.Norwegian Consumer Council
The information was turned into several articles by different news organizations.
The Verge was one of the first to report.
Grindr describes itself as “the world’s largest social networking app for gay, bi, trans, and queer people,” and so just sharing the fact that a user has the app installed on their device can give an indication of their sexual orientation. Associating this information with an advertising ID then makes the user identifiable to third-party advertisers and across services, according to the report from the Norwegian Consumer Council.The Verge
As it Happens which is a radio program in Canada had an interview with Finn Myrstad, the council’s digital policy director.
People who use Grindr — an app that caters exclusively to LGBTQ people — could risk being outed against their will, he said, or put in danger when they travel to countries where same-sex relationships are illegal.
“If you have the app, it’s a pretty good indication that you’re gay or bi,” he said. “This can put people’s life at risk.”As It Happens
You can listen to the interview here.
Then just today NBCNews in the USA had this on their nightly news program.
It is the hope of some dating app users that the connections they form online will last a lifetime. But while apps such as Grindr, Tinder, Hinge and The League make no promises of endless love, U.S. national security officials warn users there is one thing that really may last forever: their data.NBCNews
This practice has been going on for years and the public is just starting to become aware recently.