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Review date: 03/15/2021
For many people, the best part of using a dating app is the day you get to delete it. That sure sign you've found true love and don't need to muck about any more with the fiery hot hell that is dating. Whoo, what a relief! Welcome to Hinge, the dating app designed to be deleted. Hinge wants you to know they've made a relationship app, not a dating or hook up app. What's all this mean? Hinge asks users to provide vitals (neighborhood where you live, gender, height, education, and the like) and what they call virtues, your opinion on things from politics to alcohol and drugs and more, a picture, and an answer to a writing prompt. Then users go forth and use all that profile information to not just look for pictures, but use the prompts as a place to start a conversation. Does Hinge actually work to get you to delete it? It did for American politician Pete Buttigieg, who says he met his husband on Hinge.
What could happen if something goes wrong
Can it snoop on me?
What is required to sign up?
Third party account
First phone, then email and then optional third-party
What data does it collect?
"First name (required), last name (optional), date of birth (required), location (required), gender (required), sexual orientation (required), ethnicity (required), have children (required), want children (required), hometown (optional), workplace (optional), job title (optional), school (optional), education level (required), religion (required), politics (required), drinking (required), smoking (required), weed consumption (optional), drug use (optional), photos and/or videos (optional), description (optional), financial information (optional). Collects data on ethnicity and allows users to filter for it.
If a user connects their social media accounts to their dating profile, Hinge collects data from that social media account, such as Facebook. However, Hinge does not specify what data it collects and how it uses it.
How does it use this data?
How can you control your data?
What is the company’s known track record for protecting users’ data?
No known incidents in the last two years
Can this product be used offline?
User friendly privacy information?
Links to privacy information
Does this product meet our Minimum Security Standards?
Password wasn't requires as login happens either via phone or third-party
Hinge states that they "regularly perform assessments by security experts and third party auditors" and invite researcher "to submit security findings and bugs to our bug bounty program" among other steps to strengthen security.
Does the product use AI?
Does the AI use your personal data to make decisions about you?
Does the company allow users to see how the AI works?
As with Tinder and most dating apps, information about algorithms are limited or non-existent, as they are company secrets. However, people have raised ethical concerns about these algorithms.