Paul-Oliver Dehaye, together with human rights lawyer Ravi Naik and journalist Judith Duportail, analysed the personal data from Duportail’s Tinder profile after asking the company to send it to her.They got 800 pages of all her activity in the app, as well as apps connected to her social media profiles such as Facebook) .
All the information you give dating apps is shared with Match Group, Inc.
This includes: all chat conversations (time of day, length, and with whom), as well as information that is mandatory or that we decide to provide to enrich our profile, such as sexual preference, the age range we like to match with as well as the ethnic origin, educational level, political views, music and food tastes, pictures, videos and user location (or various locations).
Tinder also knows which kind of people are interested in you.
According to Dehaye, the data collected by the app and shared with third parties is used for profiling and can affect your life when asking for a loan, applying for a job, a scholarship, or medical insurance.
In the case of Grindr, or other LGBT apps like Her, Gayromeo, etc, it could also be very dangerous if you end up trapped in an airport in one of the 10 countries that punish homosexuality with a death sentence.
For the millions of people who use online dating platforms, potential dates, hook-ups or even love are now just a click or a swipe away. The data we give away might seem like a small price to pay for the possibility of finding love, but what is happening in the background?
How data is collected, analysed, sold, traded or reused might be more complicated than we think.
If the data was released to partners, it may have been used as direct marketing or sold as a package of information to a data broker.
Any information you provided to create your profile also exists in the form of a record held by a number of third parties.
The industry of data brokers—the ones who buy and sell our data to third parties—is facilitated by the companies that organise our lives with operating systems, apps and hardware.