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Looking closely at this cluster of dating apps and social media platforms, we see that all the dating apps that connect to either Twitter, Google , Instagram or Spotify also allow connections to Facebook.
Only one dating app, Belinked, relies on connection to Linked In without also connecting to Facebook.
Paul-Oliver Dehaye, together with human rights lawyer Ravi Naik and journalist Judith Duportail, analysed the personal data from Duportail’s Tinder profile after asking the company to send it to her.
They got 800 pages of all her activity in the app, as well as apps connected to her social media profiles such as Facebook) .
The data you give away when using dating apps might seem like a small price to pay for the possibility of meeting someone new .
But are you aware of what’s happening in the background?
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.
Now think about Grindr, a majority gay men dating app with 3.3 million users, that also includes trans, bisexual and queer people.
If the data was released to partners, it may have been used as direct marketing or sold as a package of information to a data broker.
Any information you provided to create your profile also exists in the form of a record held by a number of third parties.
In the bottom part of the map there are several dating apps – from Scruff to Elite Singles to Ashley Madison – that apparently do not connect to any social media platform at all.
Instead, these dating apps seem to be quite isolated in the app ecology.