Warning: *Privacy Not Included with this product


Tarehe ya ukaguzi: Machi 15, 2024


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Zoosk was founded in 2007 by two men with computer science backgrounds. The app says its behavioral matchmaking technology can help you find your perfect match. As of 2019, Zoosk belongs to the Spark Networks dating company. So just like its sister apps Elite Singles and JDate, it's free to join but users have to pay for a subscription to send messages. With Zoosk, there are lots of ways to connect with fellow "Zooskers". You can browse singles one-at-a-time with carousel mode, use the search function, or try out the SmartPick feature which uses a matching algorithm to make recommendations. Zoosk's FAQ says you can improve your picks by being more active on the app and answering a four-question SmartPick survey, which includes whether you want to limit your matches by ethnicity or religion. Zoosk claims to have as many users as the population of Canada. That's 40 million singles!

Je, jambo gani linaweza kutokea mambo yakienda mrama?

To all the Zooskers out there, we regret to inform you that a *Privacy Not Included warning comes with this app. Just like Jdate, ChristianMingle, and Elite Singles which are owned by the same parent company, the app's personal-data-sharing, questionable security, and the fact that they don't guarantee all users the right to delete their data has earned it a thumbs-down from us.

For starters, Zoosk sure can collect a lot of personal information about its users. There's contact information, like your name, email, address, and phone number. Then there's -- excuse me? -- your "sexual preferences and experiences". It's not unheard of for sex-related data to make its way into privacy policies but "experiences"? That is a new one for us. There's also your ethnicity, religion, political views, "physical characteristics," photographs, videos, biometric information, and more. Basically, all of the information you give about yourself while you're on the app can be collected by Zoosk, including whatever you add to your profile or send in messages. And when Zoosk collects your photos and videos, they can collect extra information from the files (called metadata) -- like the time the photo was taken, where, and what day. On top of all that, Zoosk can create "inferences" about you, which are assumptions about you based on other data from your profile or how you use the service. Ouff.

Aside from the information you give Zoosk about yourself, there's some data that's collected automatically -- like everything you do on Zoosk, your IP address, location, and even other apps you've downloaded. And if you use Zoosk Live, a livestreaming feature, you should know that Zoosk says they're "not responsible for the practices of companies that we do not own or control, such as companies we partner with for certain services like Zoosk Live or Zoosk Great Dates." That means you "agree" to the company that operates that feature's privacy policy and terms when you use that feature and that your name, age, location, photos, education, body type, and more might be shared with that company. We don't like the sound of that. Another spooky tidbit from the Zoosk Live part of the privacy policy is where it says "[w]hen using Zoosk Live, you may be visible to users from other dating and social platforms outside of Zoosk"... OK? We'd love to tell you which ones, but the list of "Live partners" Zoosk shares in their privacy policy is just links right back to the (same) privacy policy. Yeeeeeeesh.

Zoosk's data-collecting doesn't stop there. Zoosk can collect information about you from other sources -- like other people, social media, affiliates, and "other third-party information providers". If you use Facebook or Google to sign in, that could give both apps a chance to exchange information about you. That's why we don't recommend connecting your social media with dating apps. All together, it's a whole lot of information about you in one place.

And what for? Well, aside from helping you find a true connection, Zoosk says they can use your personal data to show you "targeted offers and ads through [their] website, email, social media channels, third-party sites or on other devices you may use". That's not good. Zoosk's privacy policy also says users can import their address book and can be notified when their contacts sign up for their services. That could get awkward if your neighbor saved your number from that time you texted about your squirrel problem. You might not want them to be among the first to know you're looking.

Does Zoosk at least keep your personal data secure? We have worries about that. We couldn't confirm whether the app uses encryption and whether they have a way of managing security vulnerabilities. That means we can't confirm whether Zoosk meets our Minimum Security Standards, which puts your pile of personal information at a much bigger risk of being leaked, breached, or hacked. And shoot, it doesn't seem like all users are guaranteed the right to get their personal data deleted from Zoosk either.

One more concern about Zoosk, which is true of all dating apps with million of users, it can attract romance scammers -- people who pretend to want your love but who are really after your cash. That might be why Zoosk has a pretty weird footnote on their website that says (or yells, if you read all-caps that way) that "ZOOSK DOES NOT CONDUCT CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECKS ON THE MEMBERS OR THE SUBSCRIBERS OF THIS WEBSITE." It's a good reminder to be safe out there.

What could go wrong with Zoosk? It'd be super weird to be followed around the internet by ads for Zoosk informed by your "sexual life experiences," wouldn't it? We're not totally sure what that would look like, but we also don't care to find out.

Vidokezi vya kujilinda

  • Follow Zoosk's Safety Tips.
  • Visit the app's privacy preferences at the app and opt out from personalized advertising as well as all non-essential data collection.
  • Request your data be deleted once you stop using the app. Simply deleting an app from your device usually does not erase your personal data nor does close your account.
  • Do not give consent to constant geolocation tracking by the app. Better provide geolocation 'only when using the app'.
  • Do not share sensitive data through the app.
  • Do not give access to your photos and video or camera.
  • Do not log in using third-party accounts.
  • Do not connect to any third party via the app, or at least make sure that a third party employs decent privacy practices.
  • Do not give consent for sharing of personal data for marketing and advertising.
  • Choose a strong password! You may use a password control tool like 1Password, KeePass etc.
  • Do not use social media plug-ins.
  • Use your device privacy controls to limit access to your personal information via app (do not give access to your camera, microphone, images, location unless necessary).
  • Keep your app regularly updated.
  • Limit ad tracking via your device (eg on iPhone go to Privacy -> Advertising -> Limit ad tracking) and biggest ad networks (for Google, go to Google account and turn off ad personalization).
  • When starting a sign-up, do not agree to tracking of your data if possible.
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We ding this product because it shares personal data with third parties for marketing purposes, and as it collects data on you from third parties that may include data brokers.

Privacy notice

"We also work with third parties to employ technologies, including the application of statistical modelling tools, which attempt to recognize you across multiple devices so that we understand how you use our Service across various devices, to ensure the safety and security of your data and the Company Services, to show you targeted advertising (with your consent) tailored to your interests and experience, and to measure the performance of advertising campaigns."

"Where you do not provide the personal data detailed in this Notice, we may not be able to provide you with the Services."

"Generally, we will use your personal data in the following circumstances:

· To personalize your experience and customize content on our Services relevant to your interests, including but not limited to targeted offers and ads through our website, email, social media channels, third-party sites or on other devices you may use.
· To operate, maintain and provide to you the features and functionality of the Services.
· For our internal business purposes, such as data analysis, customer research, audits, fraud prevention, developing new products and/or features, enhancing the Services, improving our services, identifying usage trends and determining the effectiveness of our promotional campaigns, including to inform our machine learning for purposes such as user engagement.
o Where you have given consent for us to use your personal data and your sensitive personal data to provide certain Services (you may withdraw your consent for some uses of the data at any time by contacting us at the information provided below).
o Where it is necessary for our legitimate interests (or those of a third party) and your interests and fundamental rights do not override those interests.
o Where we need to comply with a legal or regulatory obligation, such as to respond to law enforcement requests and as required by applicable law, court order or governmental regulations and enforce our corporate reporting obligations and our Terms of Use here or to comply with applicable laws.
o For purposes disclosed at the time you provide your personal data or as otherwise set forth in this Notice."

"We will generally only use your personal data for the purposes for which we collected it.
If we need to use your personal data for an unrelated purpose, we will notify you and we will explain the legal basis which allows us to do so."

"We may also share your personal data with the parties set out below for the purposes in the table above.
· Advertising networks and technology companies, including Google, Facebook and Twitter, and companies that measure advertising performance and attribution. We share personal data with advertising networks or permit these networks to collect information from you directly on our websites to facilitate online advertising, such as search engines and social network advertising providers, to serve targeted ads to you or to groups of other users who share similar traits, such as likely commercial interests and demographics, on third-party platforms. For more information, including how to opt out of interest-based advertising, please read our Cookie Notice."

"Third Party Data Collection & Interest-Based Advertising

We participate in interest-based advertising and use third party advertising companies to serve you targeted advertisements based on your browsing history. We permit third party online advertising networks, social media companies and other third-party services, to collect information about your use of our online services over time so that they may play or display ads on our services, on other websites, or services you may use, and on other devices you may use. <...> We and our third-party partners use this information to make the advertisements you see online more relevant to your interests, as well as to provide advertising-related services such as reporting, attribution, analytics and market research. We may also use services provided by third parties (such as social media platforms) to serve targeted ads to you and others on such platforms. <...>"

CCPA Privacy Notice

Under "Collection of personal information", all possible categories of personal information are listed.

"Sources of personal information. We collect personal information about you from one or more of the following categories of sources:

Directly from you
Indirectly from you
Our business partners and affiliates (including service providers)
Third parties you direct to share information with us, such as third-party social networks
Social network services
Spark Networks Group (defined below)
Your browser or device

Generated or derived from other personal information.

Please note: In addition to the categories of sources identified above, we may collect information from publicly available sources and other third-party information providers in order to supplement the information we have otherwise collected."

"We share personal information with a variety of third parties for business purposes. The categories of third parties to whom we disclose your personal information for a business purpose include: (i) other companies owned or controlled by our parent company, Spark Networks, Inc., and other affiliates within the Company Group of companies; (ii) our service providers and advisors; (iii) security providers; (iv) ad networks and advertising partners; (v) analytics providers; (vi) social networks; (vii) other Zoosk users; and (viii) third parties at your request. "

"In the previous 12 months, we have disclosed all of the categories of personal information we collect, explained in the table above, to third parties for a business purpose.

We do not “sell” personal information, as that term is defined based on our understanding of the CCPA and its implementing regulations. Specifically, we do not sell personal information, such as your name, email, or other information that identifies you personally, to third parties for monetary or other valuable consideration. If we exchange personal information with third party partners for monetary or other valuable consideration in the future, we will take steps to avoid activities that could be considered a “sale” of California consumer personal information, such as by seeking consent or by excluding California residents from such promotions or activities."

Unawezaje kudhibiti data yako?

We cannot confirm if all users regardless of location can get their data be deleted.

CCPA Privacy notice

"As a California resident, you may be able to request to exercise the following rights:

The Right to Know any or all of the following information relating to your personal information we have collected and disclosed in the last 12 months, upon verification of your identity:
The specific pieces of personal information we have collected about you;
The categories of personal information we have collected about you;
The categories of sources of the personal information;
The categories of personal information that we have disclosed to third parties for a business purpose, and the categories of recipients to whom this information was disclosed;
The categories of personal information we have sold and the categories of third parties to whom the information was sold; and
The business or commercial purposes for collecting or selling the personal information.
The Right to Request Deletion of personal information we have collected from you, subject to certain exceptions.
The Right to Opt Out of Personal Information Sales to third parties."

"Your Choices About Online Ads
Interest-Based Advertising. <...> If you want to opt out of receiving online interest-based advertisements on your internet browser from advertisers and third parties that participate in the DAA program and perform advertising-related services for us and our partners, please follow the instructions at www.aboutads.info/choices, or http://www.networkadvertising.org/choices/ to place an opt-out cookie on your device indicating that you do not want to receive interest-based advertisements."

Je, rekodi ya kampuni inayojulikana ya kulinda data ya watumiaji ni gani?


No known data breaches discovered in the last three years.

Taarifa ya Faragha ya Mtoto

"We restrict the use of our Services to individuals age 18 and above. We do not intentionally collect or maintain personal data from children under the age of 16. If you become aware that personal data about a person under 16 has been provided to us, please immediately contact us at [email protected]."

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