Happn

Happn

Review date: 02/07/2021

Crossing paths and finding dates. That's the idea behind the location-based dating app Happn. Launched in 2014, Happn works by showing you other people on Happn who you have crossed paths with (and by crossed paths, they mean come within 250 meters of). If you cross paths with someone who catches your eye, you can like their profile. Only if that person likes you back, what Happn calls a Crush, can you then message them. Free users can access basic matching, sending likes, and chatting with a crush. Premium users get to remove ads from the app, set invisibility time so others can't see them, and lock down privacy settings more tightly. Your phone number or Facebook is required to sign up.

What could happen if something goes wrong

Good news! Happn isn't as terrible with your privacy as so many other dating apps. Bad news! They still share your personal information with a host of other companies. Good news! They at least tell you who those other companies are and what they do with you data -- like Facebook, TikTok, and Snapchat who they use for things like "Marketing operations to non-Members." This sort of data sharing isn't uncommon, we still don't love it. Happn is a location-based app hoping to connect people who cross paths, much like Tinder and Grindr, and is way better than Tinder and Grindr at protecting users privacy and security. Happn isn't perfect though. Users have the option to sign in with Facebook or their phone number. In 2017, Happn was found leaking users' Facebook information like location, pictures, and identities because they weren't securing this data properly. There are always risks when you use Facebook to connect to your dating apps. So please remember, when you connect a social media account like Facebook to Happn, both Facebook and Happn now potentially collect more information together. That's why we recommend users don't link your dating app to Facebook, use your phone number instead. Because really, you don't need to share all your personal info with Facebook, and then Happn, and then Happn may share more with Facebook and then it all gets exposed and soon the world knows where you like to hang out and who you think is hot. That might be a recipe for a good date...it's also potentially a recipe for disaster.

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?

Phone or third party (Facebook or Apple) is required to sign up. Email is optional at a later point during the sign-up process

What data does it collect?

How can you control your data?

Users can request to view and delete their personal data by emailing [email protected] In addition, users can review their current analytics, advertising, marketing exclusion and profile certification choice in the app at Settings > My Data > Manage my Choices.

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

Average

No known incidents in the last two years

Can this product be used offline?

No

User friendly privacy information?

Yes

Happn has a user-friendly privacy basics page.

Links to privacy information

Security

Does this product meet our Minimum Security Standards?

No

Encryption

Yes

Happn ensures that user data is encrypted at rest and in transit

Strong password

Not applicable

Password wasn't requires as login happens either via phone or third-party.

Security updates

Yes

Manages vulnerabilities

Yes

Happn runs security audits, led by independent and certified organizations.

Privacy policy

Yes

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

Happn uses AI for recommendations. From Real Business: "Happn primarily relies on people crossing paths, hence, their location, rather than an algorithm suggesting people. However, Happn has indicated that AI is becoming increasingly important but that the company wants to use it in different ways to some of the other popular dating apps. Happn intends to maintain some randomness to its AI, so that it doesn't take the 'magic' out of the equation but still uses AI to 'rank' profiles according to what it assumes a user will like."

Company contact info

Phone Number

No

Live Chat

No

Email

No

Twitter

@happn_app

Updates

Safety on Happn: This is How You Protect Your Dating Life
VPN Overview
Happn is generally seen as a popular and ‘cleaner’ alternative to Tinder. It’ll get you in touch with people that you’ve already encountered in daily life, but wouldn’t normally talk to. Think of the other students at your favorite café on Friday night. With the app, you can easily start a conversation with people in your direct surroundings. The app was launched in 2014 and has over seventy million users worldwide.
Top iOS dating apps are exposing your personal life to hackers
Wired
A WIRED investigation, with the support of an American security researcher, found that some of the UK's most popular iOS dating apps are leaking Facebook identities, location data, pictures and more. The apps we analysed – Happn, HotOrNot, Tinder, Match.com, Bumble, AnastasiaDate, Once, HookUp Now, MeetMe and AffairD – are used by millions of people worldwide.
Happn, Universal and Other Brands Accused of Misusing Data to Advertise On Facebook
Vice
An investigation by Privacy International showed that some companies are advertising on Facebook using the data of people they have never interacted with.
Looking for love in all the right places: How French dating app happn broke the 50m user milestone
Real Business
The city of lights. The city of love. Paris is many things to many people, but for Didier Rappaport, it’s also a tech capital. At the helm of happn, one of the fastest growing dating apps in the world, Rappaport explains that growth hasn’t come easily, but the French tech startup is on the rise, especially in massive emerging markets like India.

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