Grindr has pledged not to share your HIV status — something that would seem to have been a bad idea to begin with — following a bombshell report by Axios exposed the Chinese-held hookup app's practice of doing just that ...
Axios later heard from Grindr that users' HIV status and other sensitive data (hi, pig bottoms) was always encrypted and not directly shared with advertisers:
[Grindr head of security] Case said the company decided to change its policies around particularly sensitive information, including HIV status, after the user outcry.
- Grindr also notes that, while HIV status can be a particularly sensitive issue in many parts of the world, and even in the U.S., it is an optional field on Grindr and when users do share that information it is available publicly to anyone viewing their profile.
- And while advertisers do have access to other information, including age, interests, location and relationship status, HIV status is not shared.
- “We’ve been very careful to balance the needs of our customers with the needs of our advertisers,” Case said. “User trust is paramount.”
Grindr also said, via Case, that it feels “unfairly ... singled out.”
Now it knows how Asians on their app feel.