Roskomnadzor, Russia’s telecommunications regulator, has announced that Tinder will soon be compelled to share user data with the country’s security services.
The dating app was added to an official register, meaning it will be forced to store the data from its Russian members for up to one year. Information, including private messages and pictures, must be handed to law enforcement upon request.
Other leading dating apps in the region, such as Badoo, Mamba and Wamba, had already been added to the list.
A Tinder spokesperson said in a statement posted on Digital Journal: “[Tinder has] received a request to register with the Russian authorities, and, as of now, we have registered to be compliant.
“However, this registration in no way shares any user or personal data with any Russian regulatory bodies and we have not handed over any data to their government.”
This is just the latest move by the Russian government to increase its regulation over the internet. It is currently in an extensive legal battle with both Google and Facebook after they refused to provide the regulator with user data.
As a result, both services are being threatened with nationwide bans. Instant messaging platform Telegram was met with similar warnings when it also objected, but multiple attempts to shut it down have so far been unsuccessful.
There were recent concerns that Kunlun Tech’s acquisition of Grindr would result in gay Americans having their data shared with the Chinese government. The dating app assured that this was not the case, but US authorities have since forced the conglomerate to sell up by June 2020.
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