Norwegian regulators said the gay dating app did not get proper consent from users before it shared their details with advertisers, in breach of European privacy rules, and is now subject to the fine. The Data Protection Authority took action following a complaint by the Norwegian Consumer Council alleging personal data was shared unlawfully for marketing purposes. The council had detailed in a report last year how Grindr and other dating apps leaked personal information to advertising technology companies to use for targeted ads in ways that the council said violated the EU's tough GDPR privacy rules. Norway isn't a member of the EU but closely mirrors the bloc's rules and regulations. Grindr did not respond immediately to an email request for comment from the AP. Its spokesman in Norway, Bjoern Richard Johansen, confirmed to broadcaster NRK that it had received a letter from regulators to notify it of the fine.
Like many other apps, Grindr shared personal data like location data or the fact that someone uses Grindr to potentially hundreds of third parties for advertisment. Background of the case. Grindr was directly and indirectly sending highly personal data to potentially hundreds of advertising partners. Every time a user opens Grindr, information like the current location, or the fact that a person uses Grindr is broadcasted to advertisers. This information is also used to create comprehensive profiles about users, which can be used for targeted advertising and other purposes.
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