Christian Mingle

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Christian Mingle

Review date: 02/07/2021

Founded in 2001, this dating app is targeted at Christians looking for other Christians to date. Free to sign up and browse profiles, users must have a subscription to message other users. With around 15 million users worldwide, the app allows users to target specific Christian denominations such as Catholic, Baptist, or Pentecostal, as well as ethnicity as part of their search. Up until 2016, gays and lesbians weren't welcome on the app as searches were limited to "man seeking woman" or "woman seeking man." A non-discrimination lawsuit forced Christian Mingle to add in the "man seeking man" and "woman seeing woman" options although you can't distinguish between gay and lesbian and straight people within the app.

What could happen if something goes wrong

Here's a question: Why does the Christian Mingle app need control of the flashlight on your phone? We're sure there's a joke in here somewhere about needing to see the light. We'll refrain from making it. Seriously though, the app asks for control of your phone's flashlight and the ability to disable your lock screen. That just feels a bit creepy. Creepy app permissions aside, Christian Mingle says they don't "sell" your personal information based on a the legal definition of "sell." They aren't clear on how they might otherwise share or exchange your information though. And be warned, if you connect your Facebook account to Christian Mingle they could be collecting a lot of data on you, including your name, profile picture, public Facebook profile, network, gender, username, user ID, age range or birthday, place of work, relationship interests, language, location, country, interests, photos, photos you are tagged in, videos, contacts list, friends lists or followers and other information such as information about Facebook friends you might share in common with other members. Shoot, depending on the site and your privacy settings, they may also post information to your social network. Yikes! Remember, when you connect a social media account like Facebook to Christian Mingle, both Facebook and the Christian Mingle 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? Well, we'd hate to see the app take control of the flashlight on your phone and turn it on in the middle of a date with an SOS warning. That would be awful, as would Christian Mingle collecting a whole bunch of information about you and sharing it around with others without your knowledge.

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?

Either email or third-party (Apple or Facebook) is required to sign up.

What data does it collect?

How can you control your data?

Christian Mingle’s Privacy Policy does not make any reference of GDPR or the right of EU residents, even though the app is available in European countries. California residents have the right to request to review their data and have it deleted by emailing [email protected]

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

Average

No known incidents for Christian Mingle in last 2 years. Data breach for dating app (Zoosk) identified; Zoosk is also owned by Spark Networks. No indication that other dating apps owned by Spark were compromised.

Can this product be used offline?

No

User friendly privacy information?

No

A very long privacy policy. While the first half is relatively clear, the second half is both complex and difficult to follow. No reference to GDPR and it is unclear whether or not their sell users data.

Links to privacy information

Security

Does this product meet our Minimum Security Standards?

No

Encryption

Can’t determine

We were unable to determine if they use encryption to protect users' personal information, chats, photos, and more.

Strong password

Yes

Minimum of eight characters. When we tried 12345678, it prompted me to use a less common password.

Security updates

Yes

Manages vulnerabilities

Can’t determine

We were unable to tell if they have a bug bounty program.

Privacy policy

Yes

Artificial Intelligence

Does the product use AI?

Can’t Determine

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

Can’t Determine

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

Can’t Determine

Company contact info

Updates

Dating sites Jdate and Christian Mingle to pay restitution to customers
LA Times
The parent company of niche dating sites Jdate and Christian Mingle has agreed to pay $500,000 in penalties and up to $985,000 in restitution to customers whose subscriptions automatically renewed or who were denied refunds.
ChristianMingle Review February 2021
Dating Scout
ChristianMingle is an online dating website geared towards Christian men and women who want a wholesome relationship centered around God.

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