Europe Investigates How Tinder Handles Users’ Privacy


Young man using smartphone at home

Young man using smartphone at home

DUBLIN, IRELAND -- European officials are starting a probe into what Tinder does with its users' personal data.

Ireland's Data Protection Commission announced the investigation under the E.U.'s General Data Protection Regulation.

Irish officials said there have been complaints from a number of countries about the dating app.They did not provide any specifics.The regulators also announced a probe into how Google handles location data.

This comes after a US House panel investigation was announced to look into the dating app potentially matching users with a sex offender.

It's been reported that popular free apps such as Tinder and Bumble could be allowing children and sex offenders to use their services.

One lawmaker said, "Protection from sexual predators should not be a luxury confined to paying customers."

The panel sent off letters to several companies last month asking for information on users' ages, how those ages are verified and any complaints of assault.

Tinder did announce last month that it would be adding more safety features to the platform. The dating-app announced a new panic button and safety check-in to ensure users felt more comfortable when meeting someone from online.

The opt-in features will allow users to share details of the meet-up and the app will track location in real time.If the alarm is set off, the users will get a text and code and if there's no response, they'll receive a phone call.

If no one answers the call, the app will notify authorities and share the location information with investigators.CEO Mandy Ginsburg says one should run a dating business as if they are a mom.The new features come after a man in England was convicted in November of killing his Tinder date.

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