OKCupid

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OKCupid

Review date: 03/15/2021

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

OKCupid joined the likes of Tinder, Bumble, Grindr, and Coffee Meets Bagel in that crowded gang in 2020 when researchers found a number of security flaws in OKCupid that could let attackers steal users' personal information, view their private messages, and hijack a user's account and pretend to be them. OKCupid has also been called out in a recent Norwegian Consumer Council study that found OKCupid may be sharing users' personal information like location, sexual preferences, and behavioral data with third parties and other Match Group brands in ways that may violate privacy laws. Finally, Match Group owns OKCupid and at least 45 other dating sites like Hinge, Tinder, and Plenty of Fish. When you sign up with one of these dating sites, the Match Group privacy policy states they may share your personal information with any of the other Match Groups sites for what they say are non-commercial limited and critical purposes. That's a lot of personal data you might have thought only going to once place getting shared across multiple dating sites. Without a lot of transparency into the algorithm, one concern when apps collect this information is it's hard to know how you might be matched and whether the apps have any potential bias. Security flaws, poor privacy practices, sharing data with who knows who, lack of transparency in their algorithms -- OKCupid maybe isn't the worst dating app for protecting users' privacy we've seen (looking at you Grindr), but it’s not great.

Privacy

Can it snoop on me?

Camera

Device: N/A

App: No

Microphone

Device: N/A

App: No

Tracks Location

Device: N/A

App: Yes

What is required to sign up?

What data does it collect?

How does it use this data?

In January 2020, the Consumer Council of Norway accused OKCupid of selling user data. Tinder definitely shares user data with around 45 other Match Group companies, such as Hinge, Tinder, and Plenty of Fish among others. The company shares data with third parties for purposes such as analytics, advertising and payment processing,.

How can you control your data?

Users can request a copy of their personal information, for it to be deleted, or for users based in California to request a notice disclosing the categories of personal information that OKCupid has shared with third parties for their direct marketing purposes.

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

Needs Improvement

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?

No

User friendly privacy information?

No

Bien que l’application affirme la rendre accessible, elle reste encore assez technique.

Links to privacy information

Security

Does this product meet our Minimum Security Standards?

Yes

Encryption

Yes

Nous n’avons pas pu déterminer si un chiffrement est utilisé pour protéger les informations personnelles des membres, leurs Chats, leurs photos, etc.

Strong password

Yes

A strong password is required

Security updates

Yes

Manages vulnerabilities

Yes

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

Privacy policy

Yes

Same as Tinder and Hinge, OkCupid's Privacy Policy states that "As with all technology companies, although we take steps to secure your information, we do not promise, and you should not expect, that your personal information will always remain secure”).

Artificial Intelligence

Does the product use AI?

Yes

Does the AI use your personal data to make decisions about you?

Yes

Does the company allow users to see how the AI works?

No

"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"

Company contact info

Phone Number

No

Live Chat

No

Email

in app

Twitter

@okcupid

Updates

Grindr and OkCupid Spread Personal Details, Study Says
NY Times
Popular dating services like Grindr, OkCupid and Tinder are spreading user information like dating choices and precise location to advertising and marketing companies in ways that may violate privacy laws, according to a new report that examined some of the world’s most downloaded Android apps.
Study says Grindr, OkCupid, and Tinder breach GDPR
ZDNet
Dating apps Grindr, OkCupid, and Tinder are allegedly spreading user information like sexual preferences, behavioural data, and precise location to advertising companies in ways that may violate privacy laws, according to a study conducted by the Norwegian Consumer Council (NCC).
Love in a Hopeless Place: Machine Learning at OkCupid
Harvard Business School
Currently, over 20% of heterosexual relationships and 70% of same-sex relationships in the US start on the internet, with this avenue quickly becoming the predominant method for meeting a significant other [2]. Online dating companies hoping to capture a share of this growing market must therefore have a competitive edge.
How Private Is Your Online Dating Data?
Consumer Reports
As you swipe, type, and meet up with online matches, dating apps are collecting all sorts of information. There’s what you tell them directly, such as your name, occupation, what you’re looking for in a partner, and your sexual preferences.
OkCupid: Hackers want your data, not a relationship
ZDNet
Researchers exploring OkCupid for security holes have found a way for hackers to pillage the sensitive data of users.
It's not OK, Cupid: Security flaws could expose user data and more
Tech Republic
Research from Check Point Software have discovered a number of vulnerabilities in online dating service OK Cupid's mobile app and website that could allow attackers to not only steal personal data, but take actions on a user's behalf as well.
50 million OKCupid users at risk due to security flaws — what to do now
Tom's Guide
OkCupid, one of the world’s most popular online dating services, has been left vulnerable to the threat of hacking as a result of several security flaws.
OkCupid Security Flaw Threatens Intimate Dater Details
Threat Post
Attackers could have exploited various flaws in OkCupid’s mobile app and webpage to steal victims’ sensitive data and even send messages out from their profiles.
Your favorite dating site isn’t as private as you think
Vox
As you search online for a soulmate (or a friend) this Valentine’s Day, you might be surprised to hear that Facebook, Google, and a host of other companies may come along for the ride. That’s because these firms are in the advertising business, and tracking what you do — even your visits to dating sites — helps them target ads and reveal consumer habits.

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