Badoo

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Badoo

Review date: 02/07/2021

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

Badoo's privacy policy states, "While we take reasonable precautions against possible security breaches of our website, member database and records no website or internet transmission is completely secure and we cannot guarantee that unauthorised access, hacking, data loss, or other breaches will never occur." This is a good reminder that, even though Badoo doesn't seem to have some of the terrible data and privacy protection practices of some other dating apps, they still ask you to give up a ton of personal information and don't guarantee that personal information will be protected. We also noticed their strong password game is pretty weak. We tried to log in with 12345. The app told us this is a very common password and asked us to add a letter. Upon adding only one lower case letter, we were in. Those aren't the worst password requirements we've ever seen. They aren't great either. Finally, Badoo asks users to connect their accounts to Facebook. If you do that they can then collect a ton of information on you, including your email, name, profile picture, date of birth, a list of your friends who also use the app, pages you have liked, location and photos. You may also show up on your friends’ Facebook apps as a Badoo user. Remember, when you connect a social media account like Facebook to Badoo, both Facebook and the Badoo now potentially collect more information together. That's why we recommend users don't link your dating app to Facebook. What's the worst that could happen on Badoo? Well, if you use a weak password to sign in and your buddy figures that password out they could say tell Badoo your celebrity crush lookalike is Donald Trump and then you could be shown matches for people who look like Donald Trump over and over on the app.

Privacy

Can it snoop on me?

Camera

Device: N/A

App: Yes

Microphone

Device: N/A

App: Yes

Tracks Location

Device: N/A

App: Yes

What is required to sign up?

What data does it collect?

How does it use this data?

Badoo's Privacy Policy, last updated in August 2020, claims that Badoo does not sell user data and has not done so in the previous 12 months. However, it is unclear whether the company has sold data prior to Aug 2019 or since Aug 2020. The company shares demographic and location information to serve targeted advertisements to users. Badoo uses non-personal data for analytics purposes.

How can you control your data?

Users can request to access and delete their data by emailing [email protected]

What is the company’s known track record for protecting users’ data?

Average

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?

No

User friendly privacy information?

No

Die in der Datenschutzrichtlinie verwendete Sprache ist relativ benutzerfreundlich. Allerdings geht nicht klar aus der Datenschutzrichtlinie hervor, wie Daten weitergeben werden.

Links to privacy information

Security

Does this product meet our Minimum Security Standards?

No

Encryption

Can’t determine

We were unable to determine if Badoo encrypts all relevant user data.

Strong password

No

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.

Security updates

Yes

Manages vulnerabilities

Yes

Badoo participates in a bug bounty program: https://hackerone.com/badoo/policy_versions?type=team&change=3647768

Privacy policy

Yes

In der Datenschutzrichtlinie von Badoo heißt es: „Obwohl wir angemessene Vorsichtsmaßnahmen gegen mögliche Sicherheitslücken unserer Website, Mitgliederdatenbank und Aufzeichnungen ergreifen, ist keine Website oder Internetübertragung vollständig sicher und wir können nicht garantieren, dass unbefugter Zugriff, Hacking, Datenverlust oder andere Verletzungen niemals auftreten werden.“

Artificial Intelligence

Does the product use AI?

Yes

Does the AI use your personal data to make decisions about you?

Yes

Does the company allow users to see how the AI works?

No

Badoo uses facial recognition to suggest a partner that may look like a celebrity crush.

Company contact info

Phone Number

No

Live Chat

No

Twitter

@badoo

Updates

Badoo Uses Facial Recognition to Match You With Celeb Lookalikes
PC Magazine
Wish you could snag a man that looks like Chris Hemsworth or a woman like Emily Blunt? Badoo wants to help you out. The dating app just launched a new feature dubbed Lookalikes, which uses facial recognition to help you find potential matches that look just like your crush.
This Dating App’s Lookalikes Feature Is Actually Super Creepy
Gizmodo
As a single millennial on the internet, I’ve been around the dating app block. While I’ve long-since given up on them, occasionally I give in and download one for a week. The latest app I tried was Badoo, after a press release landed in my inbox touting its ability to find me a celebrity lookalike. I went for it, thinking it would be some harmless fun. But it turned out to just be quite depressing.
Love in the time of algorithms: would you let artificial intelligence choose your partner?
The Conversation
It could be argued artificial intelligence (AI) is already the indispensable tool of the 21st century. From helping doctors diagnose and treat patients to rapidly advancing new drug discoveries, it’s our trusted partner in so many ways. Now it has found its way into the once exclusively-human domain of love and relationships. With AI-systems as matchmakers, in the coming decades it may become common to date a personalised avatar.
Dating Apps Will Be Better Matchmakers Thanks to AI, but will They Be Safer?
Hacker Moon
As technology advances, we continue to use these innovations to make our lives better, and that includes how we find love. Today, around 50.2 percent of the U.S. population is single — that's over 124 million people. This higher rate of singles has many people pointing the finger at online dating for making love obsolete. But online dating apps empower singles to find what they're looking for, whether that be a relationship, a casual hookup, or marriage.
How Much Personal Data Can Dating Apps Access From Your Smartphone?
Observer
According to research done by the site Datingroo, we are all willing participants in giving away as much user data and security information as we possibly can while pursuing amorous relations and late-night hookups via dating apps.

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