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[New Release] Dating Brokers - the dating industry surrounding dating profiles

Dating brokers: the dating industry surrounding dating profiles

Originally published: Tactical Technology Collective by Joana Moll (November 2018)   | 

Tinder, Grindr, Happn, OKCupid, Match, eHarmony…there are so many dating services out there. Try out the Data Detox Bonus which will introduce you to the third wheel in your dating life and give you tips on how to share less and keep more secrets.

Dating apps need some information to give you a good experience. Happn and Grindr, for example, need to know where you are in order to find people around you. But what else do dating apps know?

In 2017, when Judith Duportail asked Tinder to share everything they had collected on her during the 4 years she used the app, they sent her 800 pages of info including every time she opened the app, all of her matches and messages, the date, time, and location from where she wrote messages, plus information relating to her Facebook likes and friends, Instagram profile, and much more.

While any one piece of information collected about Judith may seem small, combining the 800 pages of data about her with the data from the millions of other users on these dating apps results in valuable info that certain groups will pay money for. And the fact is, it’s hard to tell where your data ends up.

In 2017, Tactical Tech and artist Joana Moll paid 136 Euros for 1 million dating profiles for a project called The Dating Brokers, exposing the hundreds of companies that want access to your profile. When you visit The Dating Brokers auction, you can click on the “buy now” button to view the anonymised photos and intimate details included in any of these profiles.

The latest add on to the Data Detox Kit gives you tips on how to share less when looking for romance.

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