SPUTNIK NEWS - Mar 16 - Dating app Grindr has been found to be sharing users' immune status with an external company in a possible violation of EU rules, prompting indignation across Scandinavia. The Norwegian Consumer Council is considering reporting the dating app, national broadcaster NRK reported. An investigation carried out in collaboration between national Swedish broadcaster SVT and the Norwegian research institute SINTEF, presenting itself as "Scandinavia's largest independent research company," found out that the sensitive data the users submit about themselves, including age, sexual preferences, gender and, most importantly, HIV status, is being transmitted unencrypted. Therefore, the deeply personal information can be easily accessed by computer buffs. Additionally, the information about the users HIV status is being shared with an external company headquartered in the US. At present, common EU legislation imposes requirements about the protection of and handling of personal data once it is moved outside of Europe.