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The information requested, or that you deliver voluntarily to build up your profile, includes: HIV status or “last tested date”, unprotected sex choices and sexual preferences (top, bottom, etc), personal picture, display name, relationship status, ethnicity, age or date of birth, geo-location data (this feature has been turned off in order to protect users in some extremely homophobic countries like Russia ), email address, height, weight, social network links, “Looking For”, “About Me”, “Favorites”, “Blocks”, “Tribes” and more.Regardless of whether a user quits or deletes the app, all this sensitive information could still be retained by Match Group and any affiliates they’ve already shared it with.Data promiscuity via social networks Facebook, which has 2 billion users, is the most ‘central’ social media platform, used by many of the dating apps to enable connections, as we can clearly see in the network map below.Aside from Facebook however, different dating apps allow connections to other social media platforms, specifically: Linked In (500 million users), Twitter (330 million users), Google (2.2 billion registered profiles), Instagram (800 million users) and Spotify (210 million users).To the left side of the map, there is a small cluster of Chinese dating apps, including Momo, that only connects to two Chinese social media platforms.Seeing that Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and other common platforms are not used in China, it makes sense that the Chinese dating app exists in an isolated ecology when it comes to social media connections. 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?
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.Their business is to sell us gadgets and software, or provide a “free” service while forcing us to watch some ads.For example, Tinder makes all encrypted requests over HTTPS, except to serve images.This means that someone monitoring network traffic can see the photos of all the Tinder profiles someone is viewing on the network or even introduce false pictures to the user’s feed.