When it comes to trending apps right now, few are hotter than the dating app TinderTM.
For those that aren’t familiar with the app, Tinder shows you pictures of nearby singles and you either “Like” or “Pass” their profiles. If they “Like” you too, you’ll get the chance to start a chat conversation with them.
Tinder has been lauded by the time-poor generation for cutting to the chase for online dating in a safe and “anonymous” environment.
But how much information does Tinder want from you? Let’s have a look at installing and setting it up on an AndroidTM HTC OneTM:
First up, there are the basic device permissions that Tinder requests upon downloading and installing the app.
These include Network Communication, Vibration control and other services that you could reasonably expect Tinder to need in order to function.
Also included is location information which is used to locate matches in your area. More information about how Tinder uses the data it collects will come later.
Part of Tinder’s appeal is that you can go from a fresh install to browsing matches in a matter of seconds. This is because it pulls your profile pictures and other data off from your FacebookTM account. While this can save you time setting up Tinder, it’s worth considering which information the app will pull from Facebook.
The data includes: your friends lists (to let you know if you’ve got any shared connections), interests, likes, photos and education history.
Again, we’ll take a look at what Tinder does with this data shortly.
Using your information:
So what does Tinder do with the information that it gathers about you?
Once it’s gathered up all your information, (which now consists of unique Mobile Device ID, browsing history, geographical location, and Facebook likes, photos, birthday, and friends list etc) Tinder uses your information as follows.
Now that we’ve seen what information Tinder uses and have had an insight into how they use it, each of us must decide for ourselves whether we are happy trading our personal information for a service.
While Tinder doesn’t misuse your information, it is important that as individuals we realise that there is a cost to using free apps like Tinder and it’s always worth double checking what you sign up for when you’re sharing your personal details with strangers and apps alike.