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“Totally Clueless”: Dating Apps Grindr And Okcupid Reported For Breach Of Privacy Rules

Dating apps, for many young people, are a fact of life. Meeting someone these days in real-life rather than through a simple swipe right appears to have become the exception, belonging more to any number of 90s teen “romcoms” than it does to real life.

According to an article by Reuters however, in recent times such dating apps like Grindr and OkCupid have been the subject of a complaint by a Norwegian consumer group in relation to a breach of privacy rules as set out in the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation, implemented in 2018.

The complaint relates to the passing on of sensitive data that dating apps collect (i.e. the user’s sexual preferences, health details, race etc.) to advertising firms without the user’s knowledge. This follows a trend more generally of increased scrutiny on how tech companies collect and use data, such as in the case of Cambridge Analytica.

While the point is made that it is difficult for users to understand from lengthy terms and conditions what exactly they are agreeing to in apps, consumers should endeavour to not remain “totally clueless” about how apps can potentially use their personal data.  Many however would have to admit to not having even tried to read privacy disclosure notices. Regulators in the long term must drive proper transparency and the ability to easily opt out of such disclosures as easy menu items, rather than pages of fine print.  We will keep you informed as to the progress of this complaint.

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Cameron Abbott, Technology, Attorney, Australia, corporate, KL Gates Law Firm
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Mr. Abbott is a corporate lawyer who focuses on technology, telecommunications and broadcasting transactions. He assists corporations and vendors in managing their technology requirements and contracts, particularly large outsourcing and technology procurements issues including licensing terms for SAP and Oracle and major system integration transactions.

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Mr. Evans is a corporate and transactional lawyer with a focus on information technology and outsourcing. He provides assistance on a broad range of technology matters, including Software as a Service Agreements (SaaS), terms and conditions for software products and platforms as well as software procurement and outsourcing projects. Mr. Evans also provides assistance with technology and privacy aspects of mergers and acquisitions transactions.

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Prior to joining K&L Gates, Mr. Evans worked in the insolvency and bankruptcy practice of a Boutique Insolvency Law Firm in Sydney for two years.

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