Grindr is facing a fine worth more than $10 million over accusations it failed to protect people’s personal information.
Norwegian regulators said the gay dating app did not get proper consent from users before it shared their details with advertisers, in breach of European privacy rules, and is now subject to the fine.
The Norwegian data privacy watchdog said Tuesday that it notified Grindr LLC of its draft decision to issue a fine for 100 million Norwegian krone ($11.7 million), equal to 10 per cent of the US company’s global revenue.
The Data Protection Authority took action following a complaint by the Norwegian Consumer Council alleging personal data was shared unlawfully for marketing purposes. The council had detailed in a report last year how Grindr and other dating apps leaked personal information to advertising technology companies to use for targeted ads in ways that the council said violated the EU’s tough GDPR privacy rules.
Norway isn’t a member of the EU but closely mirrors the bloc’s rules and regulations.
“The Norwegian Data Protection Authority considers…