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Dating application Grindr admits it shared users’ HIV status with other organizations

Kari Paul

The organization confirmed it shares the painful and sensitive information with third-party developers

Grindr users could be providing up more information than they thought.

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Dating software Grindr is popular among homosexual males dates that are seeking hookups, but users might be sharing significantly more than they bargained for.

The service that is dating that allows mainly gay males to fit with singles inside their area, happens to be supplying user information including HIV status to at the very least two other businesses, according to a study from BuzzFeed Information published Monday.

Grindr permits users to record their HIV status on the pages. It apparently shared data that are sensitive its significantly more than 3.6 million international users with Apptimize and Localytics, two organizations that Grindr contracts with to really make the app run better.

As the information shared included profile information in addition to GPS information, phone ID information, and e-mails, it can be utilized to link individual identities and HIV status, relating to Norwegian-based research that is nonprofit SINTEF, which first identified the issue.

A spokesman for Grindr told MarketWatch “we comprehend the sensitivities around HIV status disclosure. Our goal is and constantly was to aid the ongoing safety and health of our users worldwide. ”

“Grindr has not, nor will we ever sell user that is personally identifiable — especially information about HIV status or last test date — to third events or advertisers, ” the statement included. Grindr delivers a paid plan for $11.99 every month or a far more restricted free plan with marketing. Continue reading