The Tinder dating app has denied sharing the personal data of its Russian users amid reports that it had been added to a registry of entities required to hand over such data to the authorities. Russia said on Monday it had added Tinder to a list of entities required to hand over user data and messages to law enforcement agencies such as the Federal Security Service FSB on demand. The move means that Tinder will be required to store users' metadata on servers inside Russia for at least six months as well as their text, audio or video messages. Tinder , owned by Match Group, allows users to "swipe left" and "swipe right" in their search for suitable dating partners and has millions of users around the world.
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This story was originally published on September 20, On November 8, Facebook announced that it's rolling out the service in two more countries: Canada and Thailand. The social network is also introducing two new major features. The first, called Second Look, allows users to re-review someone they previously said they weren't interested in. Paid Tinder users are similarly able to undo their last left swipe.
We're finally becoming more aware of the issues surrounding privacy and data, especially the way that apps use our information. And dating apps have often been linked to social media accounts like Facebook and Instagram — a requirement that not all users are happy about. And now Coffee Meets Bagel, the popular dating app, has joined the club of dating apps that don't require Facebook. Coffee Meets Bagel reported that there was a percent jump in requests for non-Facebook logins after the Cambridge Analytica scandal , when an app that Facebook allowed harvested the data of 87 million people for Cambridge Analytica , which was then thought to be used to help influence the election.
Popular dating app Tinder is now required to share users' data with Russian security services after being placed on an official register, the country's telecoms watchdog said Monday. Tinder has over 50 million users swiping right to select dating profiles and find a match. The Roskomnadzor watchdog said that Tinder has been added to its register "after it presented the necessary information". Roskomnadzor -- together with Russia's law enforcement authorities and security agencies including the feared FSB, the successor to the KGB -- keeps a register of so-called "organisers of information distribution".