Lex

Lex

Review date: 02/07/2021

Lex is almost an anti-dating dating app and that makes it stand out in this crowd. According to the folks at Lex, Lex is short for lexicon, which makes sense when you use the app because it's goal is text-first, selfies second. Lex is like an old school personal ad site, where users post short, text-based ads or stories. Targeted at the lesbian, queer, trans, non-binary, and gender nonconforming community, Lex isn't for everyone. For people in those groups looking for a pretty safe space to find friends, lovers, sex partners, or community, it's a nice place to go. Lex's biggest community rule is "No Creeps Allowed" and they put a real emphasis of their community guidelines. Users can link to their Instagram or keep things picture free if they chose. All in all, Lex is a different sort of dating app that feels less meat market and more meet who you want and go from there.

What could happen if something goes wrong

We love Lex because they seem to collect as little data on their users as possible. We also love that any data they do collect they won't sell or provide to third parties for marketing purposes. Yay for lean data practices, something that seems especially uncommon in the world of dating apps. Their privacy policy is easy to read and includes a security section that addresses strong passwords, how they will handle a security breach, and the risks involved in sharing any personal data online. Lex is almost perfect, but not quite. One thing we'd love to see them add to their privacy policy is how users can delete any data they do collect on users. Lex users can delete their account, however it is unclear what happens to any data Lex might have on their end when you delete your account. The good thing is, we know Lex doesn't collect very much data. Users can link their Instagram account to Lex, which isn't a bad thing. Just know that Instagram, owned by Facebook, does collect a lot of users data. Because Lex is a text-based dating app with a personal ads focus, there are no algorithms running in the background determining who you will and will not meet, so no chance for any bias in who you will meet, other than your own. What could happen if something goes wrong on Lex? We're not worried about a whole lot. Lex feels like one of the sites where things are more likely to go right. However, for people who are lesbian, non-binary, trans, or gender non-conforming and not out or safe in their communities, it's always good to use caution.

Privacy

Can it snoop on me?

Camera

Device: N/A

App: No

Microphone

Device: N/A

App: Yes

Tracks Location

Device: N/A

App: Yes

What is required to sign up?

Either phone or email

What data does it collect?

How can you control your data?

Lex's privacy policy does not include any information on whether or how users can request their data to be deleted. Lex told us they plan to update their privacy policy soon to include this information.

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

Lex tries to collect as little data on it users as possible. However, the one thing missing from it is how users can delete data. For clarification: on the app users can delete their account account but it isn't clear what happens to that data.

Links to privacy information

Security

Does this product meet our Minimum Security Standards?

Yes

Encryption

Yes

Strong password

Yes

Password requires eight characters, one letter and one number.

Security updates

Yes

Manages vulnerabilities

Yes

Lex users are encouraged to contact [email protected] in case of any security or data privacy concerns. All reports are handled internally by the Lex Engineering team. Additionally, the Lex source code and dependencies are automatically and regularly scanned for security vulnerabilities.

Privacy policy

Yes

The Privacy Policy includes a section on Security, which is great to see! It's quite high-level, lacking some details, but it's good to see that Lex is putting security at the heart of their privacy commitment.

Artificial Intelligence

Does the product use AI?

No

Company contact info

Phone Number

No

Live Chat

No

Twitter

@lex_app_

Updates

How to use Lex, a queer dating app with no profile photos or cisgender men
Insider
Whether it's couples looking for bisexual "unicorns" on platforms like Tinder or the general lack of queer-specific dating apps that aren't geared towards cisgender queer men, finding spaces to meet other queer people can present a big challenge. This need is what inspired Kell Rakowki to create Lex, a queer dating app exclusively for lesbian, bisexual, non-binary, trans, genderqueer, intersex, two spirit, asexual, and queer people
Lex, a dating app, is the opposite of Tinder — and might be my queer utopia
Mic
I hate dating apps. Dating apps make something that should be fun into a part-time job that you hope no one catches you working. Tinder made me feel like I needed to sell myself in a dehumanizing package, Bumble made me feel like I was shopping for other packaged people, Hinge was too complicated, and no one uses OkCupid anymore except 30 people I’ve already dated. As far as I’m concerned, they’re only good for dick jokes and confirming real life crushes. I had about given up on swiping to meet people, but Lex, a queer dating app is changing my mind.
Lex Is the Lesbian and Queer Dating App That Puts Language First
Allure
It may look like fairly simple on its face, but it's different from all the other dating apps you've used before.
Lex Is the New Photo-Free Dating App That Anyone With Swiping-Fatigue Has Been Waiting For
Well and Good
Dramatic queen seeks switchy nerd. Enby DJ seeks chill lover. Insatiable bottom 4 masochistic top. Gay cowboy for makeouts. These one-liners, without a doubt, tell you more about who someone is and what they’re looking for than a photo of them holding a fish or making kissy-face in the bathroom mirror. And herein lies the point of the recently launched “texts first, selfies second” dating app for lesbians, bisexuals, asexuals, queer folks, womxn and trans, genderqueer, intersex, two-spirit, and non-binary people interested in meeting lovers and friends: Lex.

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