According to a Norwegian Consumer Council study, popular dating apps, like Grindr, OkCupid and Tinder, are spreading user information to advertising and marketing companies and may be in violation of privacy laws in the U.S. and Europe, The New York Times reports. “Any consumer with an average number of apps on their phone — anywhere between 40 and 80 apps — will have their data shared with hundreds or perhaps thousands of actors online,” NCC Digital Policy Director Finn Myrstad said. The group is asking Norwegian regulators to investigate Grindr and others for violating the EU General Data Protection Regulation, and a coalition of consumer groups in the U.S. is urging regulators to investigate whether the practices violate federal and state laws. (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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