Online Dating Association Issues Reminder on Data Protection

The Online Dating Association has published a reminder to the industry that dating companies must fully understand their data protection responsibilities.

These responsibilities can vary by geography. However, the implementation of General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) in 2018 has provided some level of consistency.

The ODA explained that online dating executives need to make sure they register with the proper authorities in each area, and take the time to understand exactly what is required from them, to comply with official guidelines.

The reminder was emphasised to founders of startup dating services, as failure to follow the regulations could result in them being shut down and removed from the sector.

Creators can find extensive standards and guidelines on the ODA’s website, which offers advice on how to maximise user safety and protect private details.

Police in the UK have previously encouraged singles to check whether their favourite dating site is a member of the ODA.

Users of online dating platforms are often concerned about how their data is being stored and protected. There have been several high-profile leaks in the past few years, with notable cases including Ashley Madison and Grindr.

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