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Spencer Kimball News Editor. Download the latest Flash player and try again. Share this video Watch Next Independent Programming. Grindr chief technology officer Scott Chen sought to distance the dating app's public relations mishap from the Facebook scandal, calling the sharing no more than "industry standard practice.
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He said Apptimize and Localytics, the companies that used Grindr's data, were simply tasked with software optimization and "under strict contractual terms that provide for the highest level of confidentiality, data security, and user privacy. But a wave of advocacy organizations and users say the revelations are a serious violation of trust and privacy—with some worrying the news could undercut recommendations from HIV prevention experts to regularly get tested and disclose HIV status with potential sexual partners.
One Grindr user who identified himself as Danny said he originally thought the dating app's option to disclose HIV status was "great," also lauding frequent reminders on the app to get tested. The AIDS Healthcare Foundation AHF echoed that sentiment, calling Grindr's data-sharing "an egregious breach of confidentiality laws," demanding it "immediately cease and desist the reckless practice.
Approximately 1. The CDC recommends that everyone ages 13 to 64 get routine annual HIV testing, adding that sexually active gay and bisexual men could benefit from more frequent tests.
In 24 US states people aware that they are HIV positive are legally mandated to tell partners, according to the health agency. AIDES, a French HIV-advocacy organization, called for boycotting Grindr in light of the news—but emphasized that sharing HIV status on a dating app before meeting can "allow HIV-positive people to avoid a possible rejection when they announce it verbally," helping to "normalize the perception and image of HIV-positive people. Dan Wohlfeiler, a public health expert who directs the organization Building Healthy Online Communities, said open conversations about HIV are vital—and "apps play a key role in helping those conversations happen.
Natasha Babazadeh, a law fellow at the Electronic Privacy Information Center, emphasized that Grindr must be transparent about how it is using the data or risk losing consumer trust.
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