Dating app can go for millions of fines after Norwegian review

The Norwegian Data Protection Authority, Datatilsynet, now wants the dating app Grindr to pay a fine of NOK 100 million. This after an investigation showed that the company has violated the Data Protection Act, GDPR, reports Techcrunch. GDPR allows fines of up to 4 percent of a company’s annual sales.

In 2020, Norway’s equivalent to the Swedish Consumer Agency released a review that argued that, among other things, Grindr illegally shared data with third parties for marketing purposes. Among other things, GPS data, user profiles and the fact that the user was on Grindr, a dating app aimed at LGBTQ + people.

The review also found that users were forced to accept the site’s terms of use in full and could not choose whether Grindr was allowed to share their data with third parties or not.

“Grindr has 13.7 million active users, of which thousands are in Norway. Our opinion is that these people have had their private data illegally shared,” says Bjørn Erik Thon at the Danish Data Protection Agency.

Grind has not commented on the whole thing in public. The company has until 15 February to answer to the Data Inspectorate before the authority nails its decision.

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