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Review date: Feb. 12, 2021
Available in 190 countries and 47 languages, Badoo is the world's most used dating app. Launched in 2006, Badoo now has nearly half a billion users, the majority found in Europe. Targeted at teens and young adults, this dating and hookup app requires users to verify their identity by logging in with a social media account like Facebook or by linking it directly to their phone number. It also required photo verification to use most features. Free users get access to most of the app's features like location-based matches, messaging, and seeing who visited your profile. Badoo even has a free "Lookalike" feature that allows users to upload a picture of their celebrity crush. Badoo then uses facial recognition AI to find people who look like that crush. Top celebrity crush searches included Kim Kardashian, Beyonce, and Donald Trump. Uhm.....really?
What could happen if something goes wrong?
Can it snoop on me?
What can be used to sign up?
What data does the company collect?
Name (required), gender (required), date of birth (required), photo (min one required), country/city (required), education (optional), occupation (optional), relationship interest (required), description (optional), interests (optional), profile questions (optional), smoking (optional), sexuality (required), relationship (required), language (required), drinking (optional), political views and health status, provided to create a profile. Note: moderators do check messages.
Height (optional). For California residents, Badoo may collect biometric data, such as faceprints.
If a user signs in using their Facebook profile, Badoo may collect data including their email address, name and profile picture, date of birth, a list of friends who also use the app, pages liked, location and photos in order to create and update the user’s Badoo profile. Users may also appear on their friends’ Facebook apps as a Badoo user
How does the company use this data?
How can you control your data?
What is the company’s known track record of protecting users’ data?
There are no known data breaches in the past two years. Badoo allegedly had a massive data breach in 2013.
Can this product be used offline?
User-friendly privacy information?
Links to privacy information
Does this product meet our Minimum Security Standards?
We were unable to determine if Badoo encrypts all relevant user data.
We tried 12345 and then the app prompted us that this is a very common password and asked us to add a letter. Upon adding only one lower case letter, it allowed us to proceed.
Badoo participates in a bug bounty program: https://hackerone.com/badoo/policy_versions?type=team&change=3647768
Badoo uses facial recognition to suggest a partner that may look like a celebrity crush.
Is this AI untrustworthy?
What kind of decisions does the AI make about you or for you?
Is the company transparent about how the AI works?
Does the user have control over the AI features?
Badoo Uses Facial Recognition to Match You With Celeb LookalikesPC Magazine
This Dating App’s Lookalikes Feature Is Actually Super CreepyGizmodo
Love in the time of algorithms: would you let artificial intelligence choose your partner?The Conversation
Dating Apps Will Be Better Matchmakers Thanks to AI, but will They Be Safer?Hacker Moon
How Much Personal Data Can Dating Apps Access From Your Smartphone?Observer
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