Grindr Stops Sharing HIV Status of Users to Third-Party Vendors

04 April, 2018, 00:42 | Author: Hope Soto
  • Grindr shares users' HIV status with third-party companies report

"If somebody with malicious intent wanted to get that information, now instead of there being one place for that-which is Grindr-there are three places for that information to potentially become public". While the company has made a push lately to encourage users to be tested and share the date it happened, they did not disclose they would be giving that information to third-party vendors.

The gay dating app Grindr says it shared its users' HIV status with two companies, a practice it vowed to halt amid concerns about data privacy.

Facebook's scandal involving information used by political advertising firm Cambridge Analytica prompted numerous social network's users to re-examine all the third-party applications they agreed to share data with, and showed how little they knew about the way the information was spread.

The second company, Localytics, is "a software program that we use to analyze our own behavior", Case said.

Bryan Dunn, the VP of product at Localytics, said the information his company receives meets industry security standards and his company strictly controls all access to its production systems.

" I recognize the information cycle today is really concentrated on these problems", Instance claimed, however included, "I assume exactly what's occurred to Grindr is, unjustly, we have actually been distinguished".

According to SINTEF, sharing the HIV status with analytics companies was unnecessary and those companies were not certified to hold medical data.

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But the app has hit back at the criticism and said that its "industry standard use of third party partners" was only to "test and validate" its platform.

"This is the second data scandal involving Grindr in a week and its users will not be reassured by this latest development". Security breaches could be exploited to make arrests and by homophobic vigilantes to make violent attacks.

News that the app was sharing the data first appeared in a story by BuzzFeed on Monday. He worries the more Grindr shares people's information, the more likely their HIV status will end up in the wrong hands, through a data breach or otherwise. Finally, once GDPR takes effect on May 25, 2018, the collection of personal information of those in the European Union, especially sensitive information such as sexual orientation and health information, will be subject to the most comprehensive and complex privacy rules.

Last week there was an outcry after it was revealed that it was relatively simple to determine the location of Grindr users because of a security flaw.

Trever Faden, CEO of the property management startup Atlas Lane, discovered the exploit after setting up a website called C**kblocked, which allowed users to see who blocked them after they entered their username and password.

"Grindr's action with its clients' data appears to be unprecedented and is a serious violation of laws protecting the confidentiality of clients' personal information, particularly sensitive health information that may result in stigma and discrimination targeting those individuals", Weinstein said in a statement released to the press.

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