SAN FRANCISCO – A subcommittee of the Chamber is investigating popular dating services such as Tinder and Bumble for allegedly allowing minors and sex offenders to use their services.
Bumble, Grindr, The Meet Group and Match Group, which has such popular services as Tinder, Match.com and OkCupid, are the current objectives of the research conducted by the Supervision and Reform subcommittee of the US House of Representatives. UU. On economic and consumer policy.
In separate letters on Thursday to the companies, the subcommittee is seeking information on user ages, procedures for verifying ages and any complaints about attacks, violations or the use of services by minors. It also requests the privacy policies of the services and details about what users see when they review and accept the policies. It also seeks information on what data is collected about people, including sexual orientation, drug use and political opinions.
Although the minimum age to use Internet services is typically 13 years in the US. In the US, dating services generally require users to be at least 18 years old due to concerns about sexual predators.
“Our concern about the use of minors in dating applications is intensified by reports that many popular free dating applications allow registered sex offenders to use them, while paid versions of these same applications exclude criminals. registered sexes, “Representative Raja Krishnamoorthi, Illinois. Democrat who heads the subcommittee, said in a statement. “Protection against sexual predators should not be a luxury limited to paying customers.”
Match Group said it uses “all possible tools” to keep minors and bad actors out of its services and continues to invest in technology to keep users safe. In a statement sent by email, the company said the problem was broader and requires that other parties, including app stores that know who their users are, “also do their part.”
Match added that the national sex offender registry must be updated so that the perpetrators’ fingerprints can be tracked and blocked by social networks and dating services.
Grindr and The Meet Group did not respond to comment messages on Thursday. Bumble had no immediate comments.
In addition to security issues, the investigation also seeks to address concerns about the data that services request to make correspondences. Such information may include sexual orientation, gender identity, political opinions and use of drugs, alcohol and tobacco.
The subcommittee cited a report from a Norwegian consumer group this month that found that dating applications such as Grindr, OkCupid and Tinder filter personal information to advertising technology companies in possible violation of European data privacy laws. The Norwegian Consumer Council said it found “serious breaches of privacy” in its analysis of how online advertising companies track and register smartphone users.
In response to that report, Match said it shares information with third parties only when “it is deemed necessary to operate its platform” with third-party applications. The company said it considers the practice in line with all European and US regulations.