Your Tinder profile details available to all?

Hey folks?

Have a profile on Tinder? Don’t bother telling me, I’ll find out.

Do you want to know if someone  is using the Tinder Dating app- it’s easy! All you got to do is to enter the first name and the approximate location to the Swipebuster website where you will find out if they are on Tinder, when they used the app last, whether they are searching for women or men, their profile photo and bio — just for $4.99 per three searches.

The API (application programming interface) used by Tinder is used by Swipebuster to get the profile information.

It’s one thing to have your Tinder profile information available to users on Tinder but it’s another to share them with curious voyeurs, jealous partners, or potential stalkers.

The man who created Swipebuster is a software marketing employee who wishes to remain anonymous. He has said that his motivation is not to make money, but to apply pressure on Tinder to be more protective of its users’ personal data.

There is too much data about people that people themselves don’t know is available. Not only are people oversharing and putting out a lot of information about themselves, but companies are also not doing enough to let people know they’re doing it,” he has added.

A Tinder spokesperson has said:

“… searchable information on the [Swipebuster] website is public information that Tinder users have on their profiles. If you want to see who’s on Tinder we recommend saving your money and downloading the app for free.”

But then, with Tinder you can’t just search people with the first name and location and you need a profile yourself.

Swipebuster’s developer isn’t the only one using a public API to create awareness on privacy and why companies should do better to protect privacy.

Source: Akati

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