Gay dating app Grindr has been criticised for providing information on people’s HIV status with third party partners, Apptimize and Localytics, as revealed by BuzzFeed News.
Users of the app are given the option to share their HIV status, as well as when they were last tested, and this information is readily available to others. This allows for other important features, such as reminders to be tested and information on where to go to be tested. The company has said that LGBTQ groups and international health organisations have supported this as beneficial for the health and wellbeing of the Grindr community.
as several privacy advocates pointed out, this is all troubling for an app that is used by 3.6 million active daily users who, in many places, could be in physical danger for using the app in the first place/ being gay/ being HIV positive https://t.co/0DvdwLc7At
The Tumblr post also specifies that: “Grindr has never, nor will we ever sell personally identifiable user information – especially information regarding HIV status or last test date – to third parties or advertisers.”
According the BBC, Grindr has now stopped sharing information with Apptimize and will soon stop sharing with Localytics.