Her

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Her

Review date: 02/07/2021

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).

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?

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

What data does it collect?

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 for protecting users’ data?

Average

No known incidents in the last two years

Can this product be used offline?

No

User friendly privacy information?

No

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

Not applicable

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

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

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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