The Norwegian consumer group urges Grindr to delete illegal data from Reuters

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OSLO (Reuters) – Norway’s influential consumer council on Wednesday called on the country’s data protection commissioner to instruct Grindr to identify and delete any illegally collected personal data.

Datatilsynet, Norway’s data protection agency, said in January it planned to punish the LGBTQ + dating app with 100 million Norwegian kroner ($ 11.8 million) for allegedly illegally disclosing user data to advertising companies.

“The consumer council is now calling on the data protection authority to take measures to ensure that the company must also identify and delete illegally collected personal data,” said the council.

The US-based company Grindr, which describes itself as the world’s largest social networking app for gays, bisexuals, transgender and queer, denied the violation of the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the guidelines for collection, processing and forwarding of personal data.

Datatilsynet alleged the dating app committed “very serious” violations and said a temporary fine would represent approximately 10% of Grindr’s estimated annual global sales.

“Grindr submitted its response to alert Datatilsynet to what the company believes are incorrect assumptions about Grindr’s users, incorrect applications of the GDPR and a misunderstanding of Grindr’s global revenue,” it said.

The Norwegian Data Protection Authority said it will carefully consider the views of Grindr and the Council before taking any decisions.

“As long as this data is available, it can be shared and used by companies that monetize personal data for surveillance-based marketing and other purposes,” said a statement from the Consumer Council.

($ 1 = 8.4885 Norwegian crowns)

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