Grindr fails in its appeal against €5.8m fine issued by Norwegian DPA

29/09/2023 | Norwegian Consumer Council

Dating app Grindr has failed in its appeal against the €5.8 million fine issued by the Norwegian data protection authority (DPA), Datatilsynet, for EU General Data Protection Regulation violations. 

The original complaint was filed in 2020 by the Norwegian Consumer Council (NCC) with assistance from Austrian privacy group NOYB, who helped prepare the legal analysis. 

Finn Myrstad, Director of Digital Policy at the Norwegian Consumer Council, said, "Surveillance-based advertising, where companies collect and share personal data for commercial purposes, is completely out of control. We are very pleased that the Norwegian Data Protection Authority has resolutely followed up our complaint and that the Norwegian Privacy Appeals Board has clearly affirmed that Grindr's practice of sharing sensitive personal data with third parties is illegal." 

In a separate statement, Ala Krinickytė, Privacy Lawyer at NOYB, said, "Today's decision is very important for the entire mobile apps ecosystem. It is a step forward towards putting an end to the illegal unauthorised data sharing of mobile apps users."

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