The Norwegian Consumer Council Tuesday filed complaints against Grindr, the dating app, and four online advertising firms, including one owned by Twitter, for allegedly collecting reams of peoples personal information without consent.
The move follows an investigation by a group of data protection campaigners, including the Norwegian Consumer Council, a government-backed consumer protection organization, and None of Your Business (NOYB), a nonprofit organized founded by Max Schrems, the Austrian privacy advocate.
The probes looked into how individuals data was collected when they used online services like Grindr.
The groups said that these services shared users personal information, including sensitive data like gender and sexual orientation, with at least 135 third-party companies, which then used the information for digital advertising or online behavioral profiling.
This was in breach of Europes new privacy standards, known as the General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR, because the firms did not receive explicit consent from users over how their information would be used by these third-party groups, the group said.
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