Grindr sold HIV status of “potentially thousands” of users to advertisers, lawsuit says

Hundreds of people use Grindr, a dating and social networking app for the gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer community. filed a lawsuit The company alleged that it monetized sensitive information such as HIV status without users’ consent.

The lawsuit, filed in the United Kingdom, claims Grindr breaches data protection laws by disclosing information about users’ health, sex lives and sexual orientation to advertisers without their knowledge. did.

More than 670 people have signed on to the class action lawsuit, and “thousands” more Grindr users have expressed interest in joining the lawsuit, according to Austin Hayes, the London-based law firm that filed the lawsuit. That’s what it means.

“Grindr is committed to compensating those who suffered as a result of the data breach and to ensuring that all users, wherever they are, can safely use the app without fear of having their data compromised. We owe it to the community to share this with a third party,” said Chaya Hanumanjee, Managing Director at Austin Hayes.

Users who can participate in the lawsuit would have been affected before April 2020, when Grindr changed its privacy and user consent guidelines.

Grindr denies sharing users’ health information with third parties and said it would “vigorously respond” to claims suggesting otherwise.

“We are committed to protecting our users’ data and complying with all applicable data privacy regulations, including those in the United Kingdom. Grindr has never shared user-reported health information for ‘commercial purposes.’ “We do not provide any information, nor have we monetized such information,” a Grindr spokesperson told The Hill.

“We intend to respond vigorously to this allegation, which we believe is based on a mischaracterization of practices that date back more than four years, prior to early 2020,” the spokesperson added.

The case comes two years after the UK Information Commissioner’s Office. scolded the grinder Failed to “provide UK data subjects with effective and transparent privacy information in relation to the processing of their personal data”.

Britain’s data protection watchdog also said the company had “breached” regulations that require personal data to be “processed lawfully, fairly and transparently with respect to data subjects”.

Austin Hayes said he believes the class action participants will take home significant damages “given the severity of the infringement.”

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