Grindr has announced it will stop sharing information about its users’ HIV status with third-party analytics companies. The gay dating site’s users have had the option to include their HIV status and “last tested date” in their profiles; BuzzFeed News revealed Monday that Grindr had been sharing this information with other apps. Grindr insisted in its statement that the information was not shared to make money, but simply to make the app work better. Critics say sharing such private information with outside companies is a violation of users’ trust, but the app’s chief security officer, Bryce Case, told BuzzFeed News, “I will not admit fault in the regard that the data was used.” The company decided to stop sharing the information with third parties and the change will come with the next app update.
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