By Peter McLaren-Kennedy • 15 December 2021 • 14:12
In another serious breach of data privacy by a USA based tech company, Norway fines dating app Grindr $7.16M for sharing users details with advertising partners without consent.
In what is the highest fine ever imposed by the Norwegian Data Protection Authority, Grindr has been charged with sending sensitive personal data of users to hundreds of potential advertising partners without consent.
The Authority said that Grindr had breached the EU’s data protection regulations, which are also enforced in Norway although the country is not a member of the bloc. The original complaint was filed in 2020 by Norway’s Consumer Council who said that the company shared details including GPS location, IP addresses, ages and gender details of users.
Speaking on behalf of the Consumer Council, Director of Digital Policy Finn Myrstad said “the data protection agency’s decision sends a strong signal to all companies involved in commercial surveillance.”
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Originally from South Africa, Peter is based on the Costa Blanca and is a web reporter for the Euro Weekly News covering international and Spanish national news.
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