Famous dating service app Tinder is required to share the user data including messages to Russian Law enforcement and intelligence agencies, according to Russia’s Roskomsvoboda internet rights group.
Tinder is a leading dating app with more than 50 million active users that collects personal information provided by users that include (username, password), as well as additional information (character, lifestyle, interests, photos, videos); or credit card and other financial information.
The registry entry is initiated by the Federal Security Service of Russia and the Russian Communication Sensor Roskomsvoboda puts Tinder into the list which required to share the data to the federal authorities.
Roskomnadzor entered the company Match Group, LLC, owner of the Tinder mobile app, into the register of information dissemination organizers on Friday, May 31, 2019.
This action has been taken under the Russian laws 97-FZ and 374-FZ which requires to collect and provide, upon request, the power bodies of the Russian Federation not only all user data but also correspondence, audio, video, and other relevant materials, roskomsvoboda reported.
Russia last year issued an order to ban the Telegram app after it refused to provide the user data as required.
Roskomnadzor, Russia’s communications regulator, said it had added Tinder to its database of compliant escort website after it had “provided the needed information.”
According to Roskomnadzor “The register of organizers of information is compiled by Roskomnadzor together with the bodies carrying out operational investigative activities and state security authorities in accordance with Federal Law No. 149-ФЗ “On Information, Information Technologies and Protection of Information”. “
Tinder says in its policy “We can disclose your information, “if necessary, to a) execute court decisions, such as a court order, subpoena or search warrant, government/law enforcement investigation, or other legal requirements; b) assist in the prevention or detection of crime (in each case, according to the current legislation); or c) to protect the safety of the user.”