The digital secretary has said he will question Grindr and Tinder about how they protect children after an investigation claimed they are put at risk of sexual exploitation. More than 30 cases of child rape have been investigated by police since 2015 after victims evaded age checks on such apps, the Sunday Times found. Jeremy Wright described it as "truly shocking". Grindr and Tinder said they have measures to prevent minors using them. A Freedom of Information request by the Sunday Times also showed 60 further instances of child sex offences - including grooming, kidnapping and violent assault - through online dating services.
An error on the dating app Grindr allowed third party sites to access personal information. Tony Spitz has the details. Dating app Grindr, which serves many LGBTQ users, admits it has been sharing users' HIV status with third-party companies. Grindr says it will stop sharing user data, including HIV status, to two other companies, after concerns the disclosures violated consumer privacy and undermined public health efforts. The gay dating and social networking app, which counts over 3 million daily active users, said Tuesday it would no longer share users' HIV status with app optimization company Apptimize and is discussing how to remove data from Localytics.
Sinakhone Keodara reached his breaking point last July. Loading up Grindr, the gay dating app that presents users with potential mates in close geographical proximity to them, the founder of a Los Angeles-based Asian television streaming service came across the profile of an elderly white man. He struck up a conversation, and received a three-word response: "Asian, ew gross." He is now considering suing Grindr for racial discrimination. For black and ethnic minority singletons, dipping a toe into the water of dating apps can involve subjecting yourself to racist abuse and crass intolerance.