Salams

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Salams

Review date: 02/07/2021

Launched in 2015, Salams (formerly known as Minder) is a dating app targeted at Muslim men and women looking for other Muslim people to date. Free to sign up and message members who you match with, users have to buy Telegrams, sold in packs of three or ten, to message members they haven't matched with. With around 350,000 users worldwide, the app allows people to target specific Muslim affiliations such as Sunni, Shia, or "Just Muslim" as part of their search. Billed as both a dating and marriage app, Salams does seem to place some priority on privacy, with a blurred photo option and a stealth mode that allows users to choose who can see their profile. A phone number or Facebook account is require to sign up.

What could happen if something goes wrong

Good for Salams for coming out right at the top of their privacy policy and telling users they never sell your data and they never will. That's nice to see. They also say the strive to be transparent in how they process your data. This one we're a little skeptical about. They allow users to sign in with their Facebook login, yet no where in the privacy policy do they state what information they might be collecting on your from Facebook or vice versa. Remember, when you connect a social media account like Facebook to Salams, both Facebook and Salams may now potentially collect more information together. That's why we recommend users don't link your dating app to Facebook. Still, it's good to remember that Salams collects a lot of personal information on its users, including things like prayer levels, Islamic priorities, and smoking habits. In 2017, a security researcher discovered a vulnerability that could have leaked all a lot of personal information on Salams users. What's the worst that could happen? It can be dangerous for Muslim women to reveal much about their dating and sex lives, so the worst case scenario feels like it could be pretty bad.

Privacy

Can it snoop on me?

Camera

Device: N/A

App: Yes

Microphone

Device: N/A

App: Yes

Tracks Location

Device: N/A

App: Yes

What is required to sign up?

What data does it collect?

How can you control your data?

EU users can request a copy of their personal data, as well as the deletion of their data by filling in the form https://minder.gdprform.io/en. Residents of California can request a notice for Salams to disclose the categories of personal information that they have shared with third-parties by emailing [email protected]

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

Average

A large-scale vulnerability was identified by security researchers in December, 2017. Data made potentially accessible to all Minder users included: Full name; DOB; Exact location (GPS coordinates); Phone number; Email; Instagram account ID and access token; Facebook account ID and access token.

Can this product be used offline?

No

User friendly privacy information?

Yes

Links to privacy information

Security

Does this product meet our Minimum Security Standards?

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

Not applicable

Password wasn't requires as login happens either via phone or third-party

Security updates

Yes

Manages vulnerabilities

Yes

Salams' Privacy Policy states that "We regularly monitor our systems for possible vulnerabilities and attacks and regularly review our information collection, storage and processing practices to update our physical, technical and organizational security measures."

Privacy policy

Yes

Artificial Intelligence

Does the product use AI?

Can’t Determine

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

Can’t Determine

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

Can’t Determine

Company contact info

Phone Number

none

Live Chat

none

Twitter

@minder_app

Updates

Large Vulnerability in Minder Potentially Compromised a Quarter Million Users Data
Mohammed Davooodi on Medium
Earlier this week I was inspecting my phones wifi traffic, and I took a look at the API calls Minder was making. I discovered that Minder had a large security vulnerability. I reported this issue to Minder’s team immediately, and they fixed it within a day.
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