Grindr reportedly sending private data to third-party companies

A recent post by Mashable paints a frightening picture of leading gay dating app Grindr’s privacy policies based on a report from the non-profit Norwegian Consumer Council.

The report claims that Grindr is sending out lots of private user’s data to third-party companies. Grindr was also in the news a couple of years ago where it shared user’s HIV status with the analytics companies Apptimize and Localytics. Last year it was highlighted in several media outlets how location data in Grindr could be abused.

When first using Grindr, users have to accept the company’s privacy policy and its terms and conditions in their entirety. There is no separate in-app information in Grindr regarding how personal data may be used or shared for the use of targeted advertising.

Grindr’s privacy policy only names one advertising partner, Twitter’s MoPub, which in itself lists more than 160 partners, making it impossible for users to give an informed consent to how their personal data is used.

Mashable reached out to Grindr, who, did not immediately respond to their request for comment.

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