Class action lawsuit filed against Grindr in High Court in London

26/05/2024 | The Guardian

The Guardian reports that almost 1,300 individuals have joined a civil lawsuit against the LGBTQ+ dating app Grindr in the UK High Court. The lawsuit alleges the misuse of private information of Grindr users, including sensitive details about their HIV status and testing history.

The class action is seeking compensation and damages, asserting that Grindr breached UK data protection laws by sharing sensitive user data with third parties for commercial purposes without consent. While Grindr denies selling or sharing user-reported health information, including HIV status, for advertising purposes, the claimant, who wishes to remain anonymous for legal reasons, stated that he was targeted with adverts for HIV therapies on the platform and other social media outlets after revealing his status. He expressed feeling deeply upset, emphasising that Grindr holds significant cultural significance within the gay community.

The claim is being handled by the London law firm Austen Hays.

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