Vice president of Social Impact at Grindr, Jack Harrison-Quintana has apologised on behalf of the dating app via video for sharing the HIV statuses of its users with two third-party companies.
“I want to start by apologizing from everyone here at the Grindr team for all of the distress that we’ve caused over the last 48 hours.”
The data breach was first reported by news website Buzzfeed after Norwegian research organisation SINTEF discovered personal data was being shared with third-party companies Apptimize and Localytics.
“Disclosing HIV information on Grindr is and has always been completely optional. As I mentioned, Grindr has never, nor would we ever, sell user information, especially about HIV status. The only people who have access to Grindr user information are our trusted contractors who help us roll out new features and deliver relevant messages to our users. They aren’t advertisers. They’re well-respected companies who take privacy and security as seriously as we do. Over the past few days, we’ve heard your concerns. Your privacy and trust are very important to us. And it’s important to me. That’s why we’re making additional changes to keep this data even more secure. From now on, HIV status data will be isolated from the rest of the information that we have so that it’s inaccessible to even our most trusted partners who we work with every day.” Harrison-Quintana said.
Watch the full apology below: