In 2021, dating applications will be widely democratized. A large part of the population uses them and today they have become as popular as social networks. Like the latter, they require a certain amount of personal data to function correctly: gender, age, location, search… This is a whole lot of information that must be provided to access the list of singles in your region.
But, unlike social networks, dating apps are ultimately doomed to be uninstalled. One could then think that all these data provided disappear when one deletes his account. Avast took an interest in the matter to find out. The firm behind the world famous antivirus discovered thata good deal of information is kept even after the application has been started.
What do dating apps do with your personal data?
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Bumble, finally, collects "the names of users, at least one photo, date of birth, gender, type of relationship they are looking for, profession, education, if they are interested in meeting during the restrictions related to Covid, city of residence, hometown, occupation, astrological sign, alcohol consumption, smoking, pets, what the user is looking for, whether they want children or not , religion, political position and content of messages, ”says Avast. The application shares this data with third-party applications for "research and analysis" purposes but claims not to sell them.
How to remove all of your personal data from a dating app?
It is difficult to know for sure whether or not Match keeps user data after deleting the account. So it remains for the latter to make sure you have closed their account and not just hide from other members before uninstalling the application. It will then be necessary to wait for the regulatory period before seeing his profile entirely deleted from the platform. "If a person lives […] in Europe and the United Kingdom, they are protected by the GDPR," adds Emma McGowan, before specifying that she has the right to demand the deletion of all this data. "Some will comply without hesitation, while you may have to be ardent in defending your rights with others!" "