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Grindr shared personal user information including HIV status with third parties

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Dating app Grindr, used by millions of people every day, has been sharing its users' personal data including their HIV status with third parties, an investigation by BuzzFeed News has found. Grindr users, which include gay, bi, trans and queer people, have the option to indicate on their profile whether they are HIV positive or not. Grindr has been sharing people’s HIV statuses and test dates with two companies that help "optimize" the app, called Apptimize and Localytics, BuzzFeed reported. As the HIV info is shared along with GPS data, phone IDs, and email addresses, it makes it possible to link specific Grindr users with their health condition. Perhaps more serious from a systematic standpoint, however, is the unencrypted transmission of a great deal of sensitive data as the report revealed. What makes this particularly egregious is that Grindr has…

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