We know that Tinder is the most popular dating app in the world. And to be honest, there is no competitor in sight even close to functionality as Tinder at the moment. Although Facebook has announced Dating features inside its app, it still has a long way to go.
Also, we know that Tinder is running in most of the countries including Russia. Now, Russia’s regulator communications department has ordered Tinder to share user data on demand. This data includes messages and photos of its users.
Now, this order is because of a new Russian law which puts 175 companies on a register which requires them to store user data such as encryption passwords, geolocation details, photo and video content for at least six months.
Also, this data needs to be stored on Russian servers and has to be handed over to law enforcement agencies such as Federal Security service when requested. Out of these 175 companies, most are small websites in the Russian region but it does include Tinder too.
Tinder, on this order, says that the company has “registered to be compliant” but it adds that “this registration in no way shares any user or personal data with any Russian regulatory bodies and we have not handed over any data to their government.”
These new regulations in Russia have been adopted in order to tighten control over the online activity. Among the flood of legislation adopted by Russia, this is one of them which requires companies to maintain a 6-month data of its users.
Last year, Russian authorities were cross with Telegram as it refused to give state security access to users’ secret messages. And for this reason, Telegram was banned in Russia but it is interesting to note that Telegram is still available in Russia despite attempts to block the site.
If this kind of privacy concern bothers, you can look for the best Tinder alternatives.