Why should I find out what dating apps know about me?
You should find out what dating apps know about you because the type of personal data typically stored by them is sensitive, and often shared with third parties.
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.
Sending a subject access request can help you make your data work for you.
- see what information companies have stored about you
- understand why certain decisions were made about you
- make sure that your data is being handled properly
When you know what companies have recorded about you and are using, you can take action, like telling them to delete it if you want to.
How do I find out what information dating apps have about me?
The easiest way to find out where your information is by sending a request through Rightly. Press 'get started' above, pick from our list of dating apps and websites and send an access request.
How long until a dating app company responds to my request?
After the company has received your request, they have to reply in full within 30 days, or give a valid reason for asking for an extension. If this happens, our support team is here to help!
What if they refuse to send my data back?
Don't worry, you can ask any company if they have your personal data, even if you don't know for sure whether or not they have it. They have to tell you what they have, as well as how and why they are using it. This is thanks to your ‘right of access’ under GDPR law. GDPR applies in the UK and EU.
What if I’m not sure if they have my data?
You can still ask them. If they don’t have it, they have to let you know.
We’re free because our mission is to make data fairer, 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.
Still have questions?
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