NEW YORK TIMES - Jan 26 - The Norwegian Data Protection Authority will fine Grindr $11.7M for illegally disclosing private details about its users to advertising companies. The agency said Grindr had transmitted users' precise locations, user-tracking codes and the app's name to at least five advertising companies, essentially tagging individuals as L.G.B.T.Q. without obtaining their explicit consent, in violation of European data protection law. Grindr shared users' private details with, among other companies, MoPub, Twitter's mobile advertising platform, which may in turn share data with ~100 partners. In a statement, a spokesperson for Grindr said the company had obtained "valid legal consent from all" of its users in Europe on multiple occasions and was confident that its "approach to user privacy is first in class" among social apps. The company has until Feb. 15 to comment on the ruling before it is final.