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Russia requires Tinder to share users’ data with security services

Christian Fernsby |
Russia is requiring dating app Tinder to hand over data on its users to the national intelligence agencies, part of the country’s widening crackdown on internet freedoms.

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The communications regulator said that Tinder was included on a list of online services operating in Russia that are required to provide user data on demand to Russian authorities, including the FSB security agency.

Tinder, an app where people looking for dates swipe left or right on the profiles of other users to reject or accept them, will have to cooperate with Russian authorities or face being completely blocked in the country. The rule would apply to any user’s data that goes through Russian servers, including messages to other people on the app.

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