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Data-Hungry Dating Apps Are Worse Than Ever for Your Privacy

Mozilla Report – Privacy Not Included: “When we reviewed dating apps for the first time back in 2021, they did not do well against our privacy and security criteria. This time, our research shows they’ve gotten even worse for your privacy. And in 2024, the stakes are much higher. Dating apps claim the more personal data you share, the more likely you are to find love. We have no way of knowing if that’s true. What we do know is that most dating apps fail spectacularly at protecting that information. Like romantic AI chatbots, the nature of dating apps means they probably need to collect some sensitive and personal information from you. Fine! But we learned that companies often take advantage of that and use your personal information for reasons unrelated to love. They often say they can share it, sell it, or just don’t do the bare minimum to keep that data secure. At a time when the popularity of AI integration and AI-powered deepfakes means we need better privacy protections, dating apps seem to be doubling down on their bad-for-privacy practices. Dating apps just can’t get enough of your data!Twenty two of the 25 (88%) dating apps we reviewed come with *Privacy Not Included.”

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