LGBTQ Dating App Grindr Sued For Sharing HIV Status With Advertisers

Grindr, the world’s largest dating app for the LGBTQ+ community, is facing a lawsuit alleging that it shared users’ sensitive information.

The BBC report alleged that the dating app shared information including HIV status of users with third parties without prior consent.

Grindr responded that they take privacy seriously and suggested the claims are based on outdated practices from over four years ago.

Griner Used Covert Tracking

The lawsuit, filed at the High Court in London, claims that Grindr used “covert tracking technology” to share highly personal data with advertisers.

The victims represented by Law firm Austen Hays seek damages, with the claim form aiming for over £100,000 in total compensation.

The lawsuit alleges that Grindr shared sensitive data, such as ethnicity and sexual orientation, with third-party analytics firms like Apptimize and Localytics.

Chaya Hanoomanjee from Austen Hays said that Grindr has a responsibility to compensate those affected as the victims were distressed to find out their data was being sold to third parties.

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