Grindr and Similar Apps Should Adopt HIPAA-Like Protocols to Protect Users' Data and Regain Their Trust


This post is part of Outward, Slate's home for coverage of LGBTQ life, thought, and culture. Earlier this week, Buzzfeed News reported that Grindr had been sharing user information with third-party app-testing companies. This revelation unleashed a wave of criticism against the gay dating app for potentially putting its users at risk of having information from their profiles, including HIV status, released more widely than they had intended or understood when they consented to using the app. The company has since ended the practice. In the wake of Facebook's scandal regarding the sale of user information to Cambridge Analytica, the BuzzFeed report felt to many like another grievance in a long line of grievances regarding the misuse of social media–user information.

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