Tech & Science Tinder's New Panic Button Is Sharing Your Data With Ad-Tech Companies
Gable Tostee offers dating 'Pro Tip' and takes a brutal swipe at an entire city after his Tinder rendezvous realised who he was and called police
Tostee, now known as Eric Thomas, was removed from a home in Logan in south-east Queensland after a 28-year-old woman he met on Tinder found out he had previously been acquitted of murder. The 33-year-old was acquitted three years ago of both murder and manslaughter after his Tinder date Warriena Wright plummeted to her death from his 14th-storey Gold Coast apartment in 2014.Mr Thomas has continued his search for love on the dating app undeterred and took to Facebook on Tuesday to offer a 'pro-tip' to his followers.
Tinder has a proven track record of providing a dating platform to some- - who have been accused of raping—and in one grisly case, —women they’ve met through the platform. But even when the company does something right, there are still privacy trade-offs to consider.
While the company still seems to lack some basic safety steps, like, say,, the company did announce on Thursday its latest effort to curb the reputation it’s gleaned over the years: that connects each user with emergency responders. With the help of a company called Noonlight, Tinder users will be able to share the details of their date—and their given location—in the event that law enforcement needs to get involved.
70,000 Tinder Photos Of Women Just Got Dumped On A Cyber-Crime Forum
More than 70,000 photos of Tinder users are being shared by members of an internet cyber-crime forum, Gizmodo has learned, raising concerns about the potential for abusive use of the photos. Ominously, only women appear to have been targeted. Aaron DeVera, a researcher at the cybersecurity firm White Ops, told reporters they discovered the images on a website known for trading in malicious software. (We aren’t disclosing the website’s name for obvious reasons.) The dump is also accompanied by a text file containing some 16,000 unique Tinder user IDs, which could be the total number of users affected. require(["inlineoutstreamAd", "c.
While on one hand, the announcement is a positive step as the company tries to wrangle the worst corners of its user base. On the other hand, as Tinder confirmed in an email to Gizmodo, Tinder users will need to download the separate, free Noonlight app to enable these safety features within Tinder’s app—and as we’ve seenand (and and ) again, free apps, by design, aren’t very good at keeping user data quiet, even if that data concerns something as sensitive as sexual assault.
Unsurprisingly, Noonlight’s app is no exception. By downloading the app and monitoring the network traffic sent back to its servers, Gizmodo found a handful of major names in the ad tech space—including Facebook and Google-owned YouTube—gleaning details about the app every minute.
The tech industry's diversity problem won't get better unless tech companies unite to solve it, Dell exec urges at World Economic Forum
Solving the tech industry's diversity problem will require a collective effort across companies, according to Dell diversity and inclusion head Brian Reaves. Reaves emphasised the need for collaboration in an interview with Business Insider. Dell itself recently partnered with 20 companies to form a new Women in Technology Consortium. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.
“You know, it’s my job to be cynical about this stuff—and I still kinda got fooled,” said Bennett Cyphers, an Electronic Frontier Foundation technologist who focuses on the privacy implications of ad tech. “They’re marketing themselves as a ‘safety’ tool—‘Smart is now safe’ are the first words that greet you on their website,” he went on. “The whole website is designed to make you feel like you’re gonna have someone looking out for you, that you can trust.”
In Noonlight’s defence, there’s actually a whole slew of trustworthy third parties that, understandably, should have data gleaned from the app.lays out, your precise location, name, phone number, and even health-related intel supposedly come in handy when someone on the law enforcement side is trying to save you from a dicey situation.
What’s less clear are the “unnamed” third parties they reserve the right to work with. As that same policy states:
Dating apps accused of sharing your data with advertisers. But, is this news?
If you’re not paying for an app financially, you’re paying for it in some other way — probably, by compromising your privacy. I don’t know for certain my period tracker is sending my health data somewhere suspect. But I’ve always kinda assumed it is. Am I going to stop using it? Probably not.Don’t get me wrong, I’m not on the side of the tech giants here. The NCC report is titled Out of Control, and I think that pretty much sums it up.Perhaps my own oh-so-cynical reaction goes to show just how ingrained this practice has become.
When you use our Service, you are authorizing us to share information with relevant Emergency Responders. In addition, we may share information [...] with our third-party business partners, vendors, and consultants who perform services on our behalf or who help us provide our Services, such as accounting, managerial, technical, marketing, or analytic services.”
When Gizmodo reached out to Noonlight asking about these “third-party business partners,” a spokesperson mentioned some of the partnerships between the company and major brands, like its. When asked about the company’s marketing partners specifically, the spokesperson—and the company’s cofounders, according to the spokesperson—initially denied that the company worked with any at all.
From Gizmodo’s own analysis of Noonlight, we counted no fewer than five partners gleaning some sort of information from the app, including Facebook and YouTube. Two others,and Appboy (since renamed ), specialise in connecting a given user’s behaviour across all of their devices for retargeting purposes. is a major hub for gleaned from an untold number of apps.
Tinder Is Getting A Panic Button Specifically Tailored To Dating
Tinder today has announced it’s rolling out new features to help better protect users both on and off the platform, including by releasing a kind of “panic button” for real-world meetups. The company announced this week that users would soon have access to the tool, which will connect them to emergency services in the event they feel unsafe with a person they’ve agreed to meet outside of the app. Tinder and its parent company Match Group partnered with company Noonlight on the feature, which allows users to trigger an alarm that then connects them with the service’s emergency responders. require(["inlineoutstreamAd", "c.
After Gizmodo revealed that we had analysed the app’s network, and that the network data showed that there were third parties in there, Noonlight cofounder Nick Droege offered the following via email, roughly four hours after the company vehemently denied the existence of any partnerships:
Noonlight uses third parties like Branch and Kochava only for understanding standard user attribution and improving internal in-app messaging. The information that a third party receives does not include any personally identifiable data. We do not sell user data to any third parties for marketing or advertising purposes. Noonlight’s mission has always been to keep our millions of users safe.
Let’s untangle this a bit, shall we? Whether apps actually “sell” user data to these third parties is anthat’s being battled in boardrooms, newsrooms, and courtrooms even before the California Consumer Privacy Act—or CCPA— .
What is clear, in this particular case, is that even if the data isn’t “sold,” it is changing hands with the third parties involved. Branch, for example, received some basic specs on the phone’s operating system and display, along with the fact that a user downloaded the app to begin with. The company also provided the phone with a unique “fingerprint” that.
German woman uses Tinder to find help after getting stuck at Europe's most northern point
A German thrill-seeker on a trip through Europe turned to a popular dating app for help after extreme weather caused her camper to get dangerously stuck on the side of a mountain in northern Norway. Lonia Haeger, a self-proclaimed “adventure hunter,” was traveling to Lofoten after visiting the North Cape, located on the island of Magerøya, when she and a fellow traveler found themselves trapped on an icy mountainside.“Just after 30 minutes driving down of the North Cape, it started raining...the street iced up that we even couldn’t stay on one point!” Haeger said in an Instagram post.
Facebook, meanwhile, was sent similarly basic data about device specs and download status, and Google through its . But even then, because we’re talking about, well, , it’s hard to tell what will ultimately be milked from even those basic data points.
It should be pointed out that Tinder, even without Noonlight integration, has historicallywith Facebook and otherwise about you.
As for the cofounder’s claim that the information being transmitted isn’t “personally identifiable” information—things like full names, Social Security numbers, bank account numbers, etc., which are collectively known as PII—that appears to be technically accurate, considering how basic the specs we observed being passed around actually are. But personal information isn’t necessarily used for ad targeting as much as some people might think. And regardless, non-PII data can be cross-referenced to build person-specific profiles, especially when companies like Facebook are involved.
At the bare minimum, each of these companies was hoovering data about the app’s installation and the phone it was installed onto—and for readers that are accustomed to everything from theirto being turned over into marketer’s hands for profit, this might seem relatively benign, especially considering how Noonlight also requires location tracking to be turned on at all times.
But that’s ultimately beside the point, as Cyphers pointed out.
German woman uses Tinder to find help after getting stuck at Europe's most northern point
A German thrill-seeker on a trip through Europe turned to a popular dating app for help after extreme weather caused her camper to get dangerously stuck on the side of a mountain in northern Norway. require(["inlineoutstreamAd", "c.
“Looking at it like ‘the more partners you share with, the worse’ isn’t really correct,” he explained. “Once it gets outside the app and into the hands of one marketer who wants to monetise from it—it could be anywhere, and it might as well be everywhere.”
It’s something to think about when looking at partners like Kochava—which, while collecting similarly basic intel about your phone’s OS, is a company that readily boasts its “.” And because the advertising chain of command is , it’s entirely possible for some percentage of those hundreds to get their hands on this data on an app targeting a very specific (and very vulnerable) population—even if they aren’t supposed to.
In other words, the sheer fact that someone downloaded this app is, at the very least, a tipoff that they’re probably a woman, and probably scared of becoming. Somewhere down the line, this basic data could be used to target the people who download this particular app with ads for . . . Because hey, who knows, they might need these things, right?
As Cyphers put it, “The kinds of people that are gonna be coerced into downloading it are exactly the kind of people that are put most at risk by the data that they’re sharing,” which is absolutely true—and that goes for data on their entire digital life, including the apps they download.
Every person—and every trauma, every fear, every painful encounter—plugged into Noonlight will likely eventually be flattened into a single bucket of “people who downloaded” this particular app, and that bucket will be a blip among the rest of the targetable data points floating through the digital ad ecosystem. Ultimately though, it’s not what goes into this particular blip, or the magnitude of this blip, that’s indefensible—it’s that the blip exists at all.
AFCA warns bushfire victims targeted by 'bullying' insurance middlemen .
The financial complaints watchdog is warning victims of the recent bushfires about potentially dodgy "middlemen" offering to broker quick payouts with insurance companies. The Australian Financial Complaints Authority (AFCA) warned people to think twice before signing binding contracts with claims management companies, which have been accused of bullying tactics, cold-calling and confronting victims in person.AFCA chief operating officer Justin Untersteiner told the ABC's AM program middlemen operating for claims management companies charged excessive fees for services that delivered little or no benefit.
Budbo International ICO Review Token App Crowdsale - Everyone Is Invited!! Luke Patterson App
TRADE CRYPTO ▻▻ https://www.binance.com/?ref=11617902 budbo ico token app weed marijuana 2018 cannabis luke patterson hemp coin crypto currency ...
Bet on the Jockey Not the Horse | Digital Marketing Podcast
Gary has learned a lot about investing and business from his experience in the field. A lot of people are curious about how he thinks about investing and what he ...