Grindr and Twitter are under investigation for misuse of personal information of users



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Grindr and Twitter are under investigation for misuse of personal information of users



Grindr Dating and Twitter Advertising Company are accused of illegally sharing their users' information. This was revealed during an extensive study by the Norwegian Consumer Protection Council, which wanted to know how advertisements reach users, the BBC reports.

Twitter closed the controversial profile



In addition to the two companies, four other advertising companies are suspected, which can pay a hefty fine if found to be in violation of European Union law.

Grindra said they were changing the platform for user consent, while Twitter temporarily closed the disputed profile.

“We are currently investigating this issue to understand the mechanism of Grindr's consent platform. In the meantime, we have disabled Grindr's MoPub account,” Twitter told the BBC.

Grindr and his advertising partners have been accused of sharing information about the location, age, gender and sexuality of their users, and have said they did so because they “introduced an improved user consent platform.”

They have to pay a penalty of four percent of what they earn

Under data protection law, companies that illegally share their users' data must pay a fine of four percent of their global earnings.

Advertising companies collect information about users' occupations, habits, and behaviors each time they use a particular app. This information is then used to create extensive profiles of people that will serve for better targeting in the advertising process.

According to the law on data protection, every data collected by the user must be notified and given their consent, but, according to the Norwegian Consumer Protection Council, the privacy policies of many advertising companies were often “not clear enough” with “questionable legal basis” .

Six companies are under investigation

“Every time you open an application such as Grindr, it reports to your advertiser's GPS location to the advertiser's network, identifies the device you are using, and reveals to them that it is a gay dating app, which seriously violates the privacy law of EU law,” the lawyer says Max Schrems, founder of the European Center for Digital Rights.

Six companies are currently under investigation – Grindr, Twitter's MoPub, ATT's AppNexus, OpenX, AdColony and Smaato.

AdColony responded after the allegations, saying they “respect the privacy of people around the world and their desire to safeguard their privacy”, noting that everyone can read their privacy rights. OpenX and AppNexus were not yet advertised, and Smaato gave a similar justification as Twitter.

“We are currently reviewing the entire report of the Norwegian Consumer Protection Council and have already begun an internal investigation into this issue. In the meantime, we have blocked all traffic from Grindra to our platform,” their statement read.

Grindr and Twitter are under investigation for misuse of personal information of users

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