Tinder is a dating app that allows you to swipe through a list of people in your area and decide if you want to connect with them. If you and another person swipe right on each other, you are matched and given the ability to message through the app. The app can be downloaded for free from the App Store.
Has there ever been a breach or data leak?
Date of last breach
Tinder suffered a data breach that led to the exposure of 70,000 photos of female users. This may have led to abusive use and concern was widespread for this breach as female users specifically were targeted.
Is any kind of biometric data collected (health, heart, voice, etc.)?
Are you able to delete your data / the data collected about you?
Does it have parental controls?
Does it use encryption to protect your data both in-transit and at-rest?
Does it get regular software and / or firmware updates?
Does it require you to create a strong password?
Is there a system in place for managing security vulnerabilities?
How Can It Snoop?
Does it have a camera or request / require access to a camera?
Does it have a microphone or request / require access to a microphone?
Does it track your location or request / require access to location data?
Does it require an email address to use?
Does it require a phone number to use?
Does it require an address (home or office) to use?
Are you able to use a credit card as a payment option?
Are you able to use a cryptocurrency as a payment option?
Are you able to use PayPal as a payment option?
Are you able to use cash or gift cards as a payment option?
What Could Go Wrong?
Tinder may share personal information with third parties if they are service providers, business partners, etc. and may use your information to target you with customized ads. There is also a bug bounty program for this app, which means there is a group of people specifically trying to hack into the app to fix security vulnerabilities, but could simultaneously gain access to your information in the process. Be aware of these risks when using this app.
How Does It Share Your Data?
Tinder shares your personal information with service providers and partners, business affiliates, or if required by law.
- Simple, modern interface.
- Free to use the basic app.
- Bug bounty program.
- Geared more towards hookups than relationships.
- Swiping feature is addictive.
Tinder has the ability to share your personal information with service providers as well as partners, business affliates, and even law enforcement. Even though it may be easy or fun to use, Tinder has many privacy concerns, so be wary.