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Millions of Grindr users have had their precise location data sold to advertisers

A popular gay dating app is catching heat after precise location data for millions of users was collected from a digital advertising network and sold to outside parties.

Grindr – which touts itself as the world’s largest social networking app for gay, bi, transgender and queer individuals – is one of several platforms prompting concern amongst national security officials.

Data collected from the app, which has millions of users, was used as part of a demonstration by the U.S. government detailing the intelligence risks of commercially available information, The Wall Street Journal reported.

Although the information did not disclose names or phone numbers, experts allege some of the data was detailed enough that one could make inferences about a person’s identity and romantic partners. 


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