Dating apps are gaining popularity, especially after Covid-19. People use them extensively, however, without knowing what exactly is happening behind the scenes. Highly sensitive personal data is processed, including data concerning users’ sex life, sexual orientation, ethnic origin and photos. What happens when data subjects stop using these apps and pause their accounts? Who is the data being shared with? Do these sharing practices meet the requirements of the GDPR? How long are the companies storing personal data?
We are looking into how dating apps handle our personal data, either while sharing it with the data brokers or to manipulate the way we meet other people. We are also monitoring closely whether such apps enable their users to exercise the data subjects' rights as easily and as comprehensively as the privacy policies reassure. During the first stage, we worked together with the NCC on a project which targeted the unlawfulness of the processing of personal data by Grindr. We take note of the changes that our complaints made in such a short period of time. We are now looking into other apps and how they handle users' personal data.
Project lead: Ala Krinickytė
IMI number (complaint against Grindr, Twitter MoPub, AppNexus, OpenX): VMN117288