From Extra Crunch Jon Evans has a comprehensive look at the most compelling futures for “Crypto 2.0.” With the trading frenzy out of the way (at least for the time being), engineers and product designers can now get back to the real world of improving these systems. Digital accessibility expert Beth Franssen has a piece […]View More Crypto 2.0, accessibility, and Apple’s future strategy
Grindr is about to come under new ownership, but not by choice.
The United States agency that reviews foreign investments in US companies, the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), has told Grindr’s Chinese owners, Beijing Kun…
The UK government has said it could legislate to require age verification checks on users of dating apps, following an investigation into underage use of dating apps published by the Sunday Times yesterday. The newspaper found more than 30 cases of child rape have been investigated by police related to use of dating apps including Grindr and Tinder […]View More Dating apps face questions over age checks after report exposes child abuse
Predictably, people turn to dating apps to try and find someone that’s out of their circle.
Without the mutual friends, it means you’d have to go through the usual chatter about how your day is going, what you do for a living, and also where you’re f…
Popular dating apps could soon help stop the spread of record high STD infections among their users.
Grindr and other primarily gay dating apps are exploring ways to add the ability for people who test positive for an STD to notify partners using the…
“Are dating apps to blame for the rise in STDs?”
It’s a line that seems tailor-made for morning news shows, designed to be read in that formal, faux-inquisitive tone newscasters use before cutting to commercial break.
It’s true that STD rates in the U.S. over the last 10 years, with an especially steep rise in the last four years. Alongside straight coverage of this rise, reports drawing the line between STDs and dating apps have also proliferated on local news, digital outlets, and cable networks around the country.
And like all sound bites, the way these pieces are framed doesn’t reflect the whole story — they just capitalize on the easiest part of it. Read more…View More Blaming dating apps for the rise of STDs is just the latest form of sex panic
Following the passage of a new cybersecurity law and the removal of term limits from Chinese president Xi Jinping, China’s government is conducting a comprehensive crackdown on online discussions and content, with few companies spared the rod by the central government. Among the casualties has been Bytedance, the extremely high-flying $20 billion media unicorn startup […]View More As Chinese censorship intensifies, gays are back while teenage mothers and tattoos are out
The Norwegian Consumer Council has filed a privacy complaint about Grindr, arguing it’s in breach of national and European data protection laws after it emerged the dating app has been sharing personal information about its users with third parties. As we reported earlier, Norwegian research outfit SINTEF analyzed the app’s traffic and found that — if set — […]View More Grindr hit with privacy complaint in Europe over sharing user data
Grindr has a communication problem.
The social networking app used by 3.6 million people has been doing more than simply facilitating hookups, and in the process has potentially put the privacy of its users at risk.
According a report from BuzzFeed News, the company is sharing user data with two other companies — data that includes email addresses, GPS data, phone IDs, and HIV statuses. Taken as a whole, this information could be used to determine the HIV status of individuals by name.
After all, how many of you use some form of your real name as your email address? This, paired with your phone ID and GPS location, is likely more than enough to peg data to a specific person. What’s more, even if Grindr doesn’t have specific health data on you, this information might be enough to identify you as a user of a queer-focused app. Read more…View More Grindr is sending all kinds of user data to third-party companies, including HIV status
Hot on the heels of last week’s security issues, dating app Grindr is under fire again for inappropriate sharing of HIV status with advertisers and inadequate security on other personal data transmission. It’s not a good look for a company that says privacy is paramount.View More Grindr sends HIV status to third parties, and some personal data unencrypted
Users of Grindr, the popular dating app for gay men, may be broadcasting their location despite having disabled that particular feature. Two security flaws allow for discovery of location data against a user’s will, though it takes a bit of doing.View More Security flaw in Grindr exposed locations to third-party service
Dating. Whether you hate it a little or hate it a lot, it’s a rite of passage for most of us.
It’s also particularly challenging for members of the LGBTQ community, who’ve traditionally only had access to hetero-based sites and apps. When I was on the apps in the late aughts, queer women could barely be found. I met so many cis straight men who checked the “women seeking women” box so they could match with queer women who, they fantasized, would magically change their sexual orientation just for them. (Nope.)
Some of that hasn’t changed. But as the number of out LGBTQ people has grown, so too have their opportunities in online dating spaces. Queer-friendly dating apps and sites are multiplying, and there are even a few that are — wait for it — pretty damn good. Read more…View More Here are the best gay dating apps, since meeting people IRL is hell