Raya

Warning: *privacy not included with this product

Raya

Raya App Inc
Wi-Fi

Review date: Feb. 12, 2021

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Mozilla says

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People voted: Super creepy

Raya has a reputation as a secret, exclusive club for members only. Basically, it wants you to think it's where all the cool kids are. To join, it seems users must get invited by someone already on the app and fill out an application that includes your Instagram account (you've got to have at least thousands of followers), your contacts, and your education level. That application is reviewed by a committee and an "evolving" algorithm to determine if you make it into the club. Launched in 2015, and rumored to be a celebrity dating app, Raya has since expanded to include a professional networking function for people in the entertainment world. Anyone can apply for membership to Raya, although according to Wikipedia, the acceptance rate is reportedly only about eight percent. Oh, and Raya can only be accessed through the app and is for iOS users only, Android users need not apply.

What could happen if something goes wrong?

Being a super secret, "celebrity" dating app means that Raya claims to make users' privacy and confidentiality a top priority. The application process people who want to join Raya must go through sounds a bit invasive as a committee digs into your contacts, Instagram, education, and more to see if you're cool enough to join the club. Once invited to join though, does Raya do a good job of protecting their users' privacy? It's a little hard for us to tell, they are super secret after all. They don't sell any user data they collect, which is a good thing. They do share aggregated, anonymized data with third parties like investors for business purposes, which isn't too uncommon, although we do like to warn that often this data isn't too hard do de-anonymize. As we're not part of the club and they didn't respond to our emails, we couldn't tell if they require a strong password to protect the app, if they use encryptions on chats and messages within the app, or what sorts of data their "evolving algorithm" might use to evaluate applications. What could happen if something goes wrong? Hard to tell. We suppose you could get accepted into the Raya club, end up have a weird chat with Pete Davidson, and have no proof because Raya really frowns on screenshots within the app.

mobile Privacy Security warning A.I.

Can it snoop on me? information

Camera

Device: N/A

App: Yes

Microphone

Device: N/A

App: Yes

Tracks location

Device: N/A

App: Yes

What can be used to sign up?

From what we can gather, you need all three for your application. Phone number for verification, email and Instagram account.

What data does the company collect?

How does the company use this data?

Raya does not share or sell any personal data. The platform shares non-personal, non-identifiable data with third-parties, such as promotional partners, advisors and investors, as well as for analytics purposes.

How can you control your data?

EU users can request to obtain and review their data and for it to be deleted by emailing [email protected] California residents can request a notice disclosing the categories of personal information that has been shared with third-parties for direct marketing purposes.

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

Average

No known incidents in the last two years.

Can this product be used offline?

No

User-friendly privacy information?

Yes

Links to privacy information

Does this product meet our Minimum Security Standards? information

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

Can’t Determine

Security updates

Yes

Manages vulnerabilities

Yes

Privacy policy

Yes

Does the product use AI? information

Can’t Determine

Is this AI untrustworthy?

Can’t Determine

What kind of decisions does the AI make about you or for you?

Is the company transparent about how the AI works?

Can’t Determine

Does the user have control over the AI features?

Can’t Determine


News

Raya Review February 2021
Dating Scout
Can you imagine yourself being matched on a dating app with a celebrity? Well, now you can! That is, if Raya will approve your membership. Raya is a private, membership-based dating app and social network application that's been creating buzz for having celebrities for members.

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