Grindr was sharing users’ location and HIV status with third parties

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Last week there was an outcry after it was revealed that it was relatively simple to determine the location of Grindr users because of a security flaw. The company has now also admitted that it shared information from users’ profiles with third parties — specifically the analytics companies Apptimize and Localytics — including their HIV status. Grindr was quick to point out that, firstly, the information was sent via HTTPS, secondly, that the data was not sold to the analytics companies (it was provided free of charge) and, thirdly, that the data was public anyway. All three of these points…

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