Dating sites using user accounts
Location data for matched users within a 25-mile radius was delivered directly to users’ phones, and it’s accurate within 100 feet or less, and researchers found that anyone with rudimentary programming skills could get the exact latitude and longitude for any Tinder user.
As Katie Knibbs reports for The Daily Dot, there are a few precautions you can take and privacy settings you can change to preserve the confidentiality of your Tinder usage.Even worse than the privacy risks inherent in Tinder’s Facebook login system is the series of security vulnerabilities that aren’t that far in the dating app’s past.As Anthony Wing Kosner reported for Forbes in 2014, the feature that enables users to find potential matches nearby also put them at risk of stalking.With some basic triangulation and three dummy accounts, a stalker could figure out exactly where a user is.For users of Tinder and other location-based apps, the lesson is that you shouldn’t take an app’s word for it that your location is actually secure.
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Tinder isn’t the only dating app that’s violated the privacy of users who trusted the company with their location data.