The Chinese mobile firm that runs Grindr, Kunlun, has to sell the well-liked gay-dating application by the middle of 2020. It has reached a deal with the CFIUS (Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States) to trade Grindr by June next year after the organization lifted worries about national security associated to its possession. Apart from this, the deal bans the firm from accessing Grindr consumers’ data, which comprise their HIV status and location. It also bans Kunlun from transferring sensitive info to any agency located in China.
The Chinese firm brought a huge share in Grindr earlier in 2016, prior to snapping up the remaining part of the app a few of years later. As per media, Kunlun took over the firm without showing the purchase to CFIUS—the organization in charge of evaluating national security dangers of overseas purchases—for review. Even though CFIUS did not elaborate on its worries, one of the things it sees at is if a specific buyout offers foreign bodies access to sensitive data on US people.
On a related note, Tinder and Grindr are about to suffer from close probe over their age rules. Jeremy Wright, the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport in the UK, aims to ask the dating app behemoth about their safety systems and age verification after a report revealed a number of incidents of sexual assault and exploitation against kids who managed to log in for the app, comprising more than 30 cases of rape.
He needed to know what tools Grindr and Tinder had in position to “keep kids secure from harm,” and vowed “further measure” if the dating platforms did not offer adequate responses. The two firms claimed that they already employ a mix of human and automated oversight to keep kids off their platforms.