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Tinder Accused of Violating Privacy Rules

Tinder Accused of Violating Privacy Rules

A Member of the European Parliament (MEP) has accused makers of the popular dating app, Tinder, of breaching EU rules by recording the personal data of its users without explicit consent.

Belgian politician and MEP, Marc Tarabella, says the app does not appropriately warn users of what data it is able to access.

Tarabella has called for an investigation into Tinder’s practices with Tinder not yet providing a response to the allegations.

Tinder launched in September 2012 and became famous for its swipe feature where users can quickly flick through photos of potential partners and make quick decisions on who is of interest to them.

Mr Tarabella has accused the app of a lack of clarity on how much personal data it controls of each user.He said: "Once you subscribe, the company can do whatever it wants with your data. It can show them, distribute them to whomever or even modify them,"

Tinder’s privacy policy gives the app access to each person’s Facebook profile, email addresses, interests, likes, gender, education, location, friends lists and much more.

Technology expert from law firm Linklaters, Peter Church, believes many apps and services could be in breach of EU data privacy rules.

He said: "Some apps are potentially very intrusive."The challenge is to make sure individuals understand what information is being collected and to give them choice and control."

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