Warning: *Privacy Not Included with this product


Review date: March 15, 2021


Mozilla says

People voted: Super creepy

Tinder is the app that made swiping right for love--or a hook up--popular. Launched in 2012, Tinder is now one of the most popular dating apps on the planet. Profiles are quick and easy to set up with your picture being the most important thing. Users see your profile pictures and either swipe right to like or swipe left to reject. If the person you swiped right on also likes you, you can message each other and it's off to the races with your potential date. Tinder lets you connect via Facebook, add your Instagram, link your Spotify, or add your Snapchat. Tinder collects a whole lot of personal data on users. And it's got a pretty bad track record of protecting that data. Also, Tinder's algorithm for matching has come under some heat for potential questionable practices such as lowering the profile rankings of men who are free users and potentially charging users over the age of 28 more than younger users.

What could happen if something goes wrong?

Yeah, Tinder is pretty bad for your privacy and security. 70,000 women's photos from Tinder shared on a dodgy site known for criminal activity. Security vulnerabilities that made it possible for attackers to monitor a user's every move on the dating app. Add in the fact that a Norwegian Consumer Council study recently found some of these Match Group sites may be sharing users' personal information like your location and dating preferences to third parties and other Match Group brands in ways that may violate privacy laws, and you've got yourself a potential privacy mess.There are just a few of the privacy and security problems Tinder has been accused of over the past few years. Match Group owns Tinder and at least 45 other dating sites like Hinge, Match, and OKCupid. 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.Oh, and remember, when you connect a social media account like Facebook to Tinder, both Facebook and Tinder now potentially collect more information together. That's why we recommend users don't link your dating app to Facebook. What's the worst that could happen? So many bad things have already happened on Tinder, we don't need to outline them here. Just head down to the updates section at the bottom of this page and read some of them yourself.

  • mobile

Can it snoop on me? information


Device: N/A

App: Yes


Device: N/A

App: Yes

Tracks location

Device: N/A

App: Yes

What can be used to sign up?

Phone or third-party (Facebook or Apple) are required to sign up.

What data does the company collect?

How does the company use this data?

In January 2020, the Consumer Council of Norway accused Tinder of illegally selling user data. Tinder definitely shares personal user data with around 45 other Match Group companies, such as Hinge, OK Cupid, and Plenty of Fish among others. The company shares user 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, as well as their data to be deleted. Users based in California can request a notice disclosing the categories of personal information that Tinder has shared with third parties for their direct marketing purposes during the preceding calendar year.

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


In early 2018, security researchers found that Tinder was lacking basic encryption for photos, as well as lacking basic HTTPS encryption on Tinder’s iOS and Android mobile apps. In fact, in early 2020, Tinder suffered a serious data breach which resulted in more than 70,000 images of women being shared online. In addition to these data breaches, Norwegian regulators started investigating Tinder, alleging that the company shared personal user data with advertising companies that may violate privacy laws. "

Can this product be used offline?


User-friendly privacy information?


Privacy policy is pretty technical even though they claim to make it accessible.

Links to privacy information

Does this product meet our Minimum Security Standards? information




Tinder strengthen their encryption practices in 2018.

Strong password


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

Security updates


Manages vulnerabilities


Tinder has a bounty program. It encourages security researchers to responsibly disclose any potential vulnerabilities uncovered to [email protected]. You can learn more about Tinder's bug bounty program at https://hackerone.com/tinder

Privacy policy


Includes security info

Does the product use AI? information


Tinder's algorithm appears to significantly influence the types of profiles a users sees and is shown to. Some researchers have pointed out that the algorithm might have some prejudice designed into it based on race, ethnicity, age, or gender.

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?


Does the user have control over the AI features?

Can’t Determine

*Privacy Not Included

Dive Deeper

  • Study says Grindr, OkCupid, and Tinder breach GDPR
    ZDNet Link opens in a new tab
  • Study: Tinder, Grindr And Other Apps Share Sensitive Personal Data With Advertisers
    NPR Link opens in a new tab
  • 70,000 Tinder Photos of Women Just Got Dumped on a Cyber-Crime Forum
    Gizmodo Link opens in a new tab
  • Are You on Tinder? Someone May Be Watching You Swipe
    Checkmarx Link opens in a new tab
  • Tinder may not get you a date. It will get your data.
    Vox Link opens in a new tab
  • Tinder privacy is not going to happen
    Diggit Magazine Link opens in a new tab
  • How to manage your privacy on Tinder
    VPN Overview Link opens in a new tab
  • The Tinder algorithm, explained
    Vox Link opens in a new tab
  • How Tinder’s algorithm is micromanaging your dating life
    The Spinoff Link opens in a new tab
  • I Found Out My Secret Internal Tinder Rating And Now I Wish I Hadn’t
    Fast Company Link opens in a new tab
  • Tinder finally encrypted everyone’s photos
    The Verge Link opens in a new tab
  • Tinder will soon let you run a background check on a potential date
    The Verge Link opens in a new tab
  • Tinder Sets Dating App Standard for Security
    Tinder Link opens in a new tab
  • Introducing a New Global Privacy Preferences Tool
    Match Group Link opens in a new tab


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