TECH CRUNCH - May 24 - Tinder will now help users find matches with those people they may cross paths with in their day-to-day life. Starting today, Tinder Places is formally being announced as a public beta test that's underway in three cities: Sydney and Brisbane, Australia and Santiago, Chile. (It was being tested privately in these markets prior to now.) The plan is to collect user feedback from the public trials, and tweak the product before it launches to all users worldwide, the company says. Places has a number of safeguards built-in to make users feel more comfortable, and to limit the feature's ability to be used for stalking. It leverages Mapbox and Foursquare's Pilgrim SDK to identify and categorize places users go, and it only shares those places Foursquare deems "social." Tinder has no plans to delete its own records of users' jaunts around town. They can't push a button to clear their data, for instance. If they want it gone, they'll need to delete their account entirely. The company says users haven't asked for this sort of functionality during tests. Rather, they've opted in to the feature in full force, with very few qualms about their personal data or its usage, it seems. That seems to contradict the shift in user sentiment around personal data collection in the wake of the Facebook Cambridge Analytica scandal. Tinder doesn't believe there's much for users to be concerned about, though. That's because Tinder's main business isn't ads – it's subscriptions to its premium service.