USA TODAY - Jan 21 - Grindr, OkCupid and Tinder were at the center of controversy last week when researchers accused the companies of disclosing highly personal information and breaking privacy laws. Each app denied many of the accusations. When users sign up for a dating app, "they're putting information out there that people can use against them. Whether it's hackers or predators," said Jo O'Reilly, a data privacy expert at ProPrivacy. And like many other tech sectors, dating apps are rife with data breaches.
Dating app tips from an Internet privacy expert:
- Be aware that free apps are more likely to sell your data.
- Use only your first name or a nickname.
- Don't give away your home address, work address, phone number or email address in private messages, or when signing up.
- Don't let other users persuade you to chat via another app like WhatsApp or Messenger.
- Turn off location settings, or use them sparingly.
- Use as little personal and identifiable information on your profile as possible.