The gay dating app Grindr wishes stop sharing its users’ HIV status with analytics companies after a communiqu report this week shed light on the practice.
Chief conviction officer Bryce Case told BuzzFeed News on Monday it incontrovertible to stop sharing information with Localytics to allay people’s respects.
Localytics and Apptimize were paid to test and monitor how the app is used.
The entourage says the firms are under “strict contractual terms that attend to arrange for for the highest level of confidentiality.”
Grindr says data that may file location or information from HIV status fields are “always transmitted securely with encryption.”
But critics says the working is an egregious violation of privacy.
“Grindr’s action with its clients’ statistics appear to be unprecedented and is a serious violation of laws protecting the confidentiality of customers’ personal information, particularly sensitive health information that may occur in stigma and discrimination targeting those individuals,” said Michael Weinstein of the Comforts Healthcare Foundation.
“We demand that Grindr immediately cease and desist this injudicious practice. and do whatever it can to retrieve, shut down or halt the further dole out of this personal and confidential information.”
Grindr says it’s important to keep in mind it is a public forum, and users have the option to post information on touching their HIV status and date when last tested. It says its purchasers should carefully consider what information they list in their aids.