Norway fines Grindr dating app $ 7.16 million for privacy breach


Norwegian data privacy watchdog fined gay dating app Grindr $ 7.16 million for sending sensitive personal data to hundreds of potential advertising partners without user consent

COPENHAGEN, Denmark – The Norwegian data privacy watchdog on Wednesday fined the gay dating app Grindr 65 million kronor ($ 7.16 million) for sending sensitive personal data to hundreds of potential advertising partners without user consent – a violation of strict EU privacy rules.

The Norwegian Data Protection Authority said it had imposed its highest fine to date because the California-based company failed to comply with strict EU data protection regulations. Norway is not a member of the 27-nation bloc, but closely mirrors the rules of the European Union.

In 2020, the Norwegian Consumer Council filed a complaint against Grindr for disclosing information about its users, including GPS locations, IP addresses, age, gender and their use of the app, to several third parties. for marketing purposes. This allowed users to be identified and third parties to potentially share more personal information.

The data privacy watchdog said users “were required to accept the privacy policy in its entirety in order to use the app” and were not specifically asked if they wanted to allow the sharing their data with third parties “for behavioral advertising purposes”.

“In addition, information about the sharing of personal data has not been properly communicated to users,” contrary to EU requirements for “valid consent,” the agency said.

Consumers Council’s digital policy director Finn Myrstad said the data protection agency’s decision “sends a strong signal to all companies involved in trade surveillance.”

Ala Krinickyte, from the non-profit European Center for Digital Rights, said “it’s amazing that the DPA has to convince Grindr that its users are LGBT + and that fact is not a commodity to be traded.”


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