NEW YORK TIMES – Jan 13 – Popular dating services like Grindr, OkCupid and Tinder are spreading user information like dating choices and precise location to advertising and marketing companies in ways that may violate privacy laws, according to a new report released by the Norwegian Consumer Council, a government-funded nonprofit organization in Oslo. Grindr also sent a user’s location to multiple companies, which may then share that data with many other businesses, the report said. OkCupid app sent a user’s ethnicity and answers to personal profile questions to a firm that helps companies tailor marketing messages to users. OkCupid has recently posted a list of ~300 advertising and analytics „partners“ with which it may share users‘ information. Tinder sent a user’s gender and the gender the user was looking to date to two marketing firms. The Norwegian group said it filed complaints asking regulators in Oslo to investigate Grindr and five ad tech companies for possible violations of the European data protection law.
by Natasha Singer & Aaron Krolik
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TECHNICAL.LY – Jan 13 – Microsoft has announced a new initiative called Project Artemis, a grooming detection technique it developed along with a handful of companies, including The Meet Group. The technique works with text-based conversations, and will scan, evaluate and „rate“ conversation characteristics to determine if the language being used could be predatory. The rating will be sent to human moderators at participating companies for review, who can then identify threats and inform law enforcement. Project Artemis came out of a 2018 Microsoft hackathon which was sponsored by the WePROTECT Global Alliance and the Child Dignity Alliance. This new technology is the result of 14 months of cross-industry work from Microsoft, along with gaming and messaging app makers The Meet Group, Roblox, Kik and others to help identify potential instances of child online grooming for sexual purposes and to operationalize an effective response.
by Paige Gross
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USA TODAY – Jan 13 – Brigette Muller and Juliana Broste will be Bumble’s first „global connector bees.“ In addition to going on dates around the world, they’ll be in search of friendship and business connections – all the while documenting the experiences for Bumble through videos, blog posts and social media. In addition to free travel, they will also receive a salary. The positions opened to Bumble users in summer 2019, and thousands of people applied before the June 14 deadline. Muller, 32, of New York was most recently a social media specialist at Etsy. Broste, 36, is a video journalist who’s worked with the Travel Channel, Lonely Planet and more, and has 4K followers on Instagram.
by David Oliver
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DAILYMAIL.CO.UK – Jan 13 – A small group of Facebook users have been offered the option to switch to FB5. The major new redesign features a brand new layout and improved privacy. The overhaul was originally announced last April at Facebook’s annual developer’s conference in San Francisco, where the company explained some of the changes it that would be coming. The new update will also see the widespread release of Facebook Dating. The Dating feature will let users create a list of ‚Secret Crushes,‘ and when two people match they’ll be prompted to message each other, similar to any other dating app.
by Michael Thomsen
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EMERCE – Jan 12 – The Inner Circle expands the Dutch team by appointing Scott Harvey as Digital Communications Manager. Scott was previously Managing Editor at Global Dating Insights. Thanks to his knowledge of the dating industry, Harvey will manage all digital communication of the Dutch dating app.
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