Raunchy “Dating App” Sells Gay Men’s HIV Status to Software Companies

Cell-phone obsessed culture endangers medical and personal privacy

(DW.com) The app for gay and bisexual men has confirmed that it was sharing users’ HIV status with third-party companies. Activists and users have called for a boycott.

Users were calling for a boycott of the gay dating app Grindr on Tuesday after it was revealed that efforts to promote HIV testing and status disclosure had resulted in the firm sharing the data with third-party software companies.

Founded in 2009, the California-based app claims about 3.6 million daily active users around the world.

“Industry standard practice … ”

The company’s chief technology officer, Scott Chen, said it was “industry standard practice” that had nothing to do with the recent data-sharing scandals at Facebook and Cambridge Analytica.

Chen added that the companies that use Grindr’s data were simply software optimization firms that acted “under strict contractual terms that provide for the highest level of confidentiality, data security, and user privacy.” Read the full story at DW.com.


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