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Way back in 2007, OKCupid was one of Time's top 10 dating apps. Launched in 2004, OKCupid has over 50 million users around the world. To sign up, you fill out a personality test and give your personal information. Based on that personality quiz, OKCupid's algorithm shows you a measurement of compatibility with potential matches. It's basically a percentage score that represents how likely OKCupid's algorithm thinks you are to click with someone. With no real transparency into their algorithm, who knows how accurate their compatibility measurement is. Good news though, you can also pay extra to have your profile shown to more users just in case. As their slogan says, "Dating deserves better."
What could happen if something goes wrong?
What can be used to sign up?
What data does the company collect?
First name (required), date of birth (required), gender (required), country (required), zipcode/city (required), what connections users are looking for (required), gender preference (required), photos or videos (minimum one), description (required), 15-question survey (required), language (optional), ethnicity (optional), pronouns (optional), religion (optional), sign (optional), politics (optional), employment (optional), education (optional), occupation (optional), diet (optional), smoking (optional), drinking (optional), marijuana (optional), offspring (optional), pets (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, OKCupid collects data from that social media account, such as Facebook. However, OKCupid does not specify what data it collects and how it uses it.
How does the company use this data?
How can you control your data?
What is the company’s known track record of protecting users’ data?
In July 2020 security researcher found vulnerabilities that exposes sensitive data of users. In addition, OKCupid allegedly shares personal user data with advertising companies that may violate privacy laws.
Can this product be used offline?
User-friendly privacy information?
Pretty technical even though they claim to make it accessible.
Links to privacy information
Does this product meet our Minimum Security Standards?
We were unable to determine if they use encryption to protect users' personal information, chats, photos, and more.
A strong password is required
OkCupid takes part in a bug bounty program. The dating app encourages security researchers to disclose any potential vulnerabilities uncovered to [email protected]. https://www.okcupid.com/security
"OkCupid uses AI for recommendation and moderation purposes. From Harvard Business School: "With a reputation for being a highly data-driven company, OkCupid has relied on its machine learning algorithms to connect people. A higher match percentage means that a couple will have a higher likelihood of clicking, with different weights given to different questions. But beyond simply producing matches, OkCupid also incorporates machine learning as a community improvement tool. Its support & moderation team monitors machine learning alerts that detect harmful or abusive language. With the aid of technology, OkCupid can respond quickly to instances of harassment while bringing in human moderators on an as-needed basis"
Is this AI untrustworthy?
What kind of decisions does the AI make about you or for you?
Is the company transparent about how the AI works?
Does the user have control over the AI features?
Grindr and OkCupid Spread Personal Details, Study SaysNY Times
Study says Grindr, OkCupid, and Tinder breach GDPRZDNet
Love in a Hopeless Place: Machine Learning at OkCupidHarvard Business School
How Private Is Your Online Dating Data?Consumer Reports
OkCupid: Hackers want your data, not a relationshipZDNet
It's not OK, Cupid: Security flaws could expose user data and moreTech Republic
50 million OKCupid users at risk due to security flaws — what to do nowTom's Guide
OkCupid Security Flaw Threatens Intimate Dater DetailsThreat Post
Your favorite dating site isn’t as private as you thinkVox
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