Grindr facing UK legal action in High Court for sharing HIV status

22/04/2024 | The Guardian

Grindr is facing legal action in the High Court in London on Monday by a group of users who claim that the dating app shared their sensitive personal information, including their HIV status, with advertising companies. The law firm Austen Hays will file a claim against the app's US owner, alleging that the company violated UK data protection laws, including the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The claim will focus on the periods before 3 April 2018 and between 25 May 2018 and 7 April 2020, when information on thousands of Grindr users in the UK was misused. 

The article highlights the enforcement action taken by the Norweigan data protection authority, which resulted in Grinda receiving a €5.8m GDPR fine, pending further appeal.

However, a statement seen by Reuters revealed that the adult dating app planned to "respond vigorously to this claim, which appears to be based on a mischaracterisation of practices from more than four years ago." 

Later, the spokesperson added: "Grindr has never shared user-reported health information for 'commercial purposes' and has never monetised such information."

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