Why should I delete my data from dating apps like Plenty of Fish?
You should delete your data from dating apps because the type of personal data typically stored by them is sensitive, and often shared with third parties. If you send a request, we'll connect you to as many apps as you need so that they can delete your data.
Personal data that dating apps typically store:
- Name and address
- Tastes and habits
- Contact details
- Cookies & IP address
- Credit and debit card details
- Economic, social and cultural information
Dating apps have been at the centre of a lot of controversy over what they do with their users' data. Almost all of them share personal data with advertisers.
Grindr, for example, only stopped sharing users' HIV status with other companies in 2018.
Similarly, the Norwegian Consumer Council reported that the Android versions of OkCupid and Tinder, which are also owned by the owners of Match.com, have shared information about the political views, ethnicities and location of their users with a 'customer engagement service' called Braze.
Personal data is any information that can directly or indirectly identify you as you. Think address, beliefs, and financial records.
How do I ask apps like Tinder to delete my personal data?
The easiest way to delete your information is by sending a request through Rightly. Just pick from our list of dating apps and websites and send a deletion request.
- Get started above to select your companies
- Enter your basic details for identification purposes
- Send your request
Here's what you can expect after you send your request:
Your request simply connects you to all of the companies you select, they’ll take it from there and link you to their own forms and processes for you to fill out. Only your name and email address is required to send these requests, but companies will likely ask you for much more information to identify you, like your ID.
They should confirm your data has been deleted within 30 days. Remember, a deletion request demands that they delete all of your data, including your account details.
How long until apps like Bumble and Tinder respond to my request?
After the dating app has received your request, they have to reply in full within 30 days, or give a valid reason for asking for an extension. However, we're glad to say that most companies normally reply within a week.
Your responses from companies are likely to come directly into your inbox. We don't mind when this happens, as long as you're happy with how your request has been handled and have everything you need.
If you have any questions, or have any difficulty at all with how companies respond, our friendly support team is here to help!
What if they refuse to delete my personal data from dating app records?
Don't worry, they have to follow your wishes thanks to your ‘right to erasure’ under GDPR law. GDPR applies in the UK and EU, and gives you a whole range of data rights. At Rightly, we help you use these for free.
What if I’ve said they can use it in the past?
If you agreed to an organisation using your data before but you’ve changed your mind, don’t worry! You can still tell them to stop processing your data going forwards.
Remember, your data rights allow you to change your mind about how your data is being handled at any time. This means that you can tell any company that you no longer want them to use your data. Our mission is to make managing your online information simple. To learn more, check out our blog.
What if I’m not sure if they have my data?
If you're unsure, you can still ask them. Even if they tell you they don’t have it, you're making yourself safer online by knowing where your data is.
We’re free because our mission is to make online personal data management simple, for everyone.
We don't use consumer data for commercial purposes, which means we'll never, ever sell your data. It also means that there are no adverts or hidden costs.
Which companies can I delete my data from?
We've added every dating service that our users can think of from the popular, such as:
Badoo, Bumble, Grindr, Happn, Hinge, Tinder
...through to less popular providers such as...
Affinity, be2, Clover, eHarmony, Feeld, Her, Hily, Lumen, Lovoo, Muzmatch, OurTime, Cupid, Shaadi, ShakeIT, Zoosk.
If you can't a company you're looking for, please let us know here
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