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Tinder’s handling of user data is now under GDPR probe in Europe


Tinder’s handling of user data is now under GDPR probe in Europe – TechCrunch

Dating app Tinder is the latest tech service to find itself under formal investigation in Europe over how it handles user data.

Ireland’s Data Protection Commission (DPC) has today announced a formal probe of how Tinder processes users’ personal data; the transparency surrounding its ongoing processing; and compliance with obligations with regard to data subject right’s requests.

Under Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) EU citizens have a number of rights over their personal data — such as the right to request deletion or a copy of their data.

While those entities processing people’s personal data must have a valid legal basis to do so.

Data security is another key consideration baked into the data protection regulation.

The DPC said complaints about the dating app have been made from individuals in multiple EU countries, not just in Ireland — with the Irish regulator taking the lead under a GDPR mechanism to manage cross-border investigations.

It said the Tinder probe came about as a result of active monitoring of complaints received from individuals “both in Ireland and across the EU” — in order to identify “thematic and possible systemic data protection issues”.

“The Inquiry of the DPC will set out to establish whether the company has a legal basis for the ongoing processing of its users’ personal data and whether it meets its obligations as a data controller with regard to transparency and its compliance with data subject right’s requests,” the DPC added.

It’s not clear exactly which GDPR rights have been complained about by Tinder users at this stage.

We’ve reached out to Tinder for a response.

Also today the DPC has finally responded to long-standing complaints by consumer rights groups of Google’s handling of location data — announcing a formal investigation of that too.

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Africa has one of the world’s fastest growing tech markets and Nigeria is becoming its unofficial capital.n

The West African nation is commonly associated with negative cliches around corruption and terrorism (which persist as serious problems), and it’s those issues that likely influenced the Trump administration’s recent restrictions on Nigerian immigration to the U.S.n

Even so, there’s more to the country than Boko Haram or fictitious princes with inheritances.n

Nigeria has become a magnet for venture capital, a hotbed for startup formation and a strategic entry point for Silicon Valley. As a frontier market, there is certainly a volatility to the country’s political and economic trajectory. The nation teeters between its stereotypical basket-case status and getting its act together to become Africau2019s unrivaled superpower.n

The upside of that pendulum is why u2014 despite its problems u2014 so much American, Chinese and African tech capital is gravitating to Nigeria.n

Demographicsn

“Whatever you think of Africa, you can’t ignore the numbers,” Africa’s richest man Aliko Dangote told me in 2015, noting that demographics are creating an imperative for global businesses to enter the continent.



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