Tinder

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Tinder

Review date: 02/07/2021

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. Users' personal information shared illegally with advertising companies. Security vulnerabilities that made it possible for attackers to monitor a user's every move on the dating app. There are just a few of the many privacy and security problems Tinder has been accused of over the past few years. Add to that the potential problem of bias inherent in the algorithms Tinder uses give you a "desirability" score designed to bump you into higher tiers for more matches, and it all feels kinda gross. Match Group owns Tinder and at least 45 other dating sites like Hinge, OKCupid, and Plenty of Fish. When you sign up with one of these dating sites, their privacy policy states they may share your personal information with any of the other 45+ Match Groups sites. That's a lot of personal data you might have thought only going to once place getting shared across multiple dating sites. 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 marketing companies in ways that may violate privacy laws, and you've got yourself a potential privacy mess. 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 happen on Tinder, we don't need to outline them here. Just head down to the updates section at the bottom of this page and peruse some of them yourself.

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?

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

What data does it collect?

How does it 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 for protecting users’ data?

Bad

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?

No

User friendly privacy information?

No

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

Links to privacy information

Security

Does this product meet our Minimum Security Standards?

Yes

Encryption

Yes

Tinder strengthen their encryption practices in 2018.

Strong password

Not applicable

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

Security updates

Yes

Manages vulnerabilities

Yes

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

Yes

Includes security info

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

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.

Company contact info

Phone Number

No

Live Chat

No

Twitter

@tinder

Updates

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).
Study: Tinder, Grindr And Other Apps Share Sensitive Personal Data With Advertisers
NPR
A group of civil rights and consumer groups is urging federal and state regulators to examine a number of mobile apps, including popular dating apps Grindr, Tinder and OKCupid for allegedly sharing personal information with advertising companies.
70,000 Tinder Photos of Women Just Got Dumped on a Cyber-Crime Forum
Gizmodo
More than 70,000 photos of Tinder users are being shared by members of an online cyber-crime forum, Gizmodo has learned, raising concerns about the potential for abusive use of the photos. Ominously, only women appear to have been targeted.
Are You on Tinder? Someone May Be Watching You Swipe
Checkmarx
The Checkmarx Security Research Team found disturbing vulnerabilities in a highly popular dating application used by people across the globe – Tinder. The report features how a malicious attacker can take advantage of these vulnerabilities to cause serious privacy breaches to an unsuspecting user.
Tinder may not get you a date. It will get your data.
Vox
While you’re out mining dating apps for love this Valentine’s Day, these platforms are doing the same to your data. That’s because these apps and sites’ business models rely on the information you provide, to determine things like the matches they suggest and the ads they show you as you swipe.
Tinder privacy is not going to happen
Diggit Magazine
Tinder is the most widely used dating platform. At the same time, it remains extremely unsafe. The app has managed to collect millions of users and billions of swipes daily despite its disturbing lack of privacy. But what are the multiple ways in which Tinder fails to secure individuals' data, and why are users still willing to take the risk to keep swiping?
How to manage your privacy on Tinder
VPN Overview
Online dating is mostly just a lot of fun. Dating apps enable users to meet others from the comfort of their home and any other place. However, there are several privacy risks tied to the use of these apps and Tinder specifically. It’s always wise to be aware of these.
The Tinder algorithm, explained
Vox
If there’s one thing I know about love, it’s that people who don’t find it have shorter life spans on average. Which means learning how the Tinder algorithm works is a matter of life and death, extrapolating slightly.
How Tinder’s algorithm is micromanaging your dating life
The Spinoff
Tinder became the world’s most popular dating app by promising serendipitous connections with online strangers. But there’s nothing random about the way it works, explains Matt Bartlett.
I Found Out My Secret Internal Tinder Rating And Now I Wish I Hadn’t
Fast Company
The dating app uses data to give every user a desirability rating. Here’s how it works—and what happened when I discovered my number.
Tinder finally encrypted everyone’s photos
The Verge
Tinder’s parent company Match Group publicly announced today, in a letter to Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR), that it is now encrypting photos sent between Tinder’s servers and its app. The changes were implemented in February, following the public disclosure of an attack that could have let hackers view people’s profile pictures and swipe actions.
Tinder Sets Dating App Standard for Security
Tinder
Joins Select Group of US Companies with Highest Security Certification - ISO 27001
Introducing a New Global Privacy Preferences Tool
Match Group
At Match Group, we know that making romantic connections is one of the most sensitive and personal ways people use the internet today. That’s why we have implemented a privacy by design approach to our apps.

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