Grindr breach of privacy investigation

 
We are investigating claims that Grindr breached data protection laws by sharing users’ personal and sensitive data for profit with third party advertising companies. If you have used the free version of the app you may be entitled to compensation.

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What is the Grindr breach of privacy investigation about?

We believe that Grindr may have breached data protection laws. The Norwegian Data Protection Authority (NDPA) imposed a fine of $6m on Grindr in 2021. The NDPA decided that Grindr’s data privacy practices violated the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). In July 2022, the UK Information Commissioner’s Office issued Grindr with a reprimand after finding that it had infringed the UK GDPR. The largest online dating and social networking platform for the LGBTQ+ community appears to have shared users’ personal data for profit with numerous advertisers for online behavioural marketing purposes, without seeking adequate consent. Some of the data shared with online advertisers may have included highly sensitive personal information.

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Case update

The High Court has granted an anonymity application for all claimants in our data breach group action against Grindr, ensuring they will all remain anonymous, and their data will be protected throughout the legal proceedings.

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Why is it important to take action against Grindr?

Organisations are responsible for handling customer data correctly and ensuring that customers know how their data is being used. We consider it unacceptable that users of the popular app had their data shared in a way that does not comply with data protection laws.

There is also the very real possibility that users of the app may have been exposed to the risk of both physical and mental harm through Grindr’s sharing of their personal sensitive data. Grindr users may have assumed that the information submitted to the app was only available to other app users.

How much could my claim be worth?

We intend on bringing claims so that we can obtain compensation on behalf of our clients for distress and any consequence that they may have suffered as a result of loss of control over their data.

Any compensation you may be entitled to will depend on your individual case but at this stage, we estimate that in some cases, you could be entitled to thousands of pounds.

How do I register my interest?

Registering your interest is straightforward. You can complete our initial survey. Once you have completed the survey, we will keep you updated on the progress of our investigation and, if you are eligible, the steps that you will need to take to sign up to the claim.

Completing the survey to register your interest does not sign you up to the claim, but it will enable us to keep you informed on the progress of our investigation.

What is the current position of the investigation?

We are gathering evidence of Grindr’s breaches of data protection law in preparation for launching the claim. Once you have registered your interest, we will keep you informed of our findings.

I no longer have a Grindr account; can I still register my interest?

Yes. You may still be eligible even if you have since stopped using the app. Register your interest by completing the survey.