The dating platform in Norway has to pay 6.4 million euros. You have violated the privacy of its users.

Grindr is a dating app for homosexual, bisexual, trans and queer people.

Grindr shares data with advertising partners - and has to pay a fine of millions

In Norway, the company now has to pay a heavy fine.

 Grindr shares data with advertising partners - and has to pay a fine of millions

This amounts to 6.4 million euros.

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  • Grindr has to pay a million dollar fine in Norway.

  • The reason is breaches of data protection regulations.

  • Grindr has shared users' private information with advertising partners without obtaining consent.

  • The data includes information on the location, IP address and age of the Users.

Norway's data protection supervisory authority asks the dating app Grindr to pay a fine of around 6.4 million euros for violating data protection regulations. The Norwegian agency said it had given Grindr its highest ever sentence for violating the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) by sharing sensitive personal user information with hundreds of potential advertising partners shared without obtaining the consent of the users.

Norway is not a member of the EU, but the GDPR applies throughout the European Economic Area (EEA). In 2020, the Norwegian Consumer Council lodged a complaint against Grindr because information about the users of the app, including GPS locations, IP addresses and age information, was disclosed to third parties for marketing purposes. This made it possible to identify the users of the app and to further share the personal user information.


The data protection supervisory authority stated that users were forced to accept the data protection guideline in full in order to use the app. They were not specifically asked whether they would allow their data to be shared with third parties for the purpose of personalized advertising. “In addition, the information about the transfer of personal data to the users was not properly communicated,” it said. Grindr initially did not respond to a request for comment.

Digital Policy Director at the Norwegian Consumer Council, Finn Myrstad, said the privacy advocates' decision “sends a strong signal to all companies involved in commercial surveillance ».

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By Teresa Tapmleton

Teresa Tampleton has been a reporter on the news desk since 2018. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Nizh TEkegram, Teresa Tampleton worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my 1-800-268-7341

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