Even a paid account does not prevent data from migrating from these platforms.

During their analysis, Jaona Moll and Tactical Tech discovered that most of the records they acquired on the USDate site originally came from the Plenty of Fish network, which was sold to the Match Group in 2015. None of the people who have registered there since 2003 could have dreamed that their personal information would eventually pass into the possession of the Match Group and be sold on to a data dealer.

Whether from a company sale or in some other way, the project shows how capital can be made from this profile information about data dealers and that this often happens without the conscious consent of the users. At the moment the users are exposed to this situation almost powerless. The organization Privacy International recently lodged a complaint against the actions of data dealers with European supervisory authorities. Education alone is not enough – companies need to be more strictly regulated in the interests of consumers.

Until then, there is hardly any way to protect yourself as a user of dating platforms against data trading. Except maybe to delete the profile, because after all it also means: “Love is in the air.”

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Racists must now be very strong: A study finds the first signs that online dating could deepen the diversity of a society. Since the introduction of the platforms, mixed partnerships in the USA have increased more than statistically expected.

That with the cell phone number would be new. A year or two ago I failed to register with Tinder without an FB.

I would, however, be more interested in whether this matchgroup is also extending its octopus to somewhat more data-friendly European contact platforms, which develop trust in the use of data through meetings at (interests) group events (where real acquaintance is sometimes discovered by date partners offline) and which one does not become aware of through advertising and where one more likely meets the more mature youth who also know a life without a network?

Match has been there for a long time in Europe … LoveScout24

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