Her

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Her

HER app
Wi-Fi

Review date: Feb. 12, 2021

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Mozilla says

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People voted: Super creepy

HER is a dating app targeted at lesbian, bisexual, and queer people, mostly women. Launched in 2013 and then rebranded in 2015 as HER, this dating app claims to have over four million users. The app works with the swipe left/swipe right dating app format and is free to sign up. Users who choose not to upgrade to premium features can see some profile details like name and picture, but not full profiles. Premium features are required to see full profiles and message users beyond friends and mutual matches.

What could happen if something goes wrong?

The creepiest thing we found about HER is the section of their privacy policy where they state,"With your permission, we will access your address book, call log and SMS log, and import your contacts’ names, e-mail addresses, phone numbers, image, geographic location and Facebook IDs to facilitate automatic connection with your friends." Basically, they want your permission to access a whole lot of your personal information so they can try and get others to join the site. They'll even send your friends emails from you to invite them to join the site. That just feels creepy. Would you give your neighbor access to your phone's contacts, location, pictures, and more and then let them email those people from you with a request to hang out? I sure wouldn't and I like my neighbors. HER also pushes users to sign up with Facebook or Instagram, although users can now also sign up with their phone number or Apple login. When you connect a social media account like Facebook to a dating app, both Facebook and the dating app now potentially collect more information together. That's why we recommend users don't link your dating app to Facebook. What could go wrong on HER? You give them permission to access all your contacts and they start emailing people to join HER from your email account. Your Grandma, who you haven't come out to yet, gets an invite from you to join a lesbian dating app, jumps out of her chair in a tizzy, trips over her cat and breaks her hip. No one wants Grandma to break her hip (or for you to get outed before you're ready).

mobile Privacy warning Security warning A.I.

Can it snoop on me? information

Camera

Device: N/A

App: Yes

Microphone

Device: N/A

App: Yes

Tracks location

Device: N/A

App: Yes

What can be used to sign up?

Users sign-up with either email or third-party (Apple or Google or Facebook).

What data does the company collect?

How does the company use this data?

HER's Privacy Policy does not explicitly state whether or not they sell user data. HER uses users’ data to deliver interest-based advertising and anonymous information to analyze trends or for any other purposes for internal or public use, such as Google Analytics. In addition, HER may scrap a surprising amount of data from users, such as address book details, call logs, SMS logs and more and doesn't clearly say how they use this personal data.

How can you control your data?

Users can review, change, update, correct or delete their data either in their account, contacting support or by emailing [email protected]

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

Average

No known incidents in the last two years

Can this product be used offline?

No

User-friendly privacy information?

No

Overall, the privacy policy is clear, although at times lacking in detail. For example, how do they interact with social media? Why are they scrapping so much detail from one's address book and how do they use that data? How long do they retain data?

Links to privacy information

Does this product meet our Minimum Security Standards? information

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

N/A

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

Security updates

Yes

Manages vulnerabilities

Can’t Determine

They do not appear to be part of bug bounty program

Privacy policy

Yes

HER's Privacy Policy doesn't include comprehensive details on safety

Does the product use AI? information

Can’t Determine

Is this AI untrustworthy?

Can’t Determine

What kind of decisions does the AI make about you or for you?

Is the company transparent about how the AI works?

Can’t Determine

Does the user have control over the AI features?

Can’t Determine


News

Her Review February 2021
Dating Scout
Originally released in 2013 under the name Dattch (meaning date catch), this dating app was re-branded to HER in 2015. HER claims to be the most popular lesbian dating app, and sets itself apart from others by being an app made for queer women by queer women.

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