Grindr takes the Data Protection Board to court

Grindr takes the Data Protection Board to court

He wrote that the case will be heard in the Oslo District Court from March 12 to 14 Norwegian Data Protection Authority.

In October, it became known that Grindr filed a lawsuit against the state in the Norwegian Personal Protection Board over the validity of the decision on the infringement fee of NOK 65 million, which was first presented by the Norwegian Data Protection Authority.

The decision states that Grindr did not have valid consents to disclose personal data to advertising companies for behavior-based marketing.

They believe they have received valid consent

The Norwegian Data Protection Authority has also agreed that information about a person using Grindr is also information about the person's sexual relationship or sexual orientation. The decision applies to the period from July 20, 2018 to April 7, 2020.

However, the company believes they obtained valid consent, and that information that someone is using Grindr is not information about their sexual relationship or sexual orientation. Grindr also believes that infringement fees are disproportionately large.

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– impossible

Grindr does not agree with revealing someone's sexuality or sexual orientation simply because it can be determined that the information originated from Grindr, says Kelly Peterson-Miranda, Grindr's privacy officer.

– Although the company associates itself with the LGBTQ+ community, it is not possible to determine the sexual orientation of an individual user. Grindr is an app that allows users to connect with each other – completely regardless of their sexual orientation. Our users self-identify which contacts they are looking for,” says Miranda.

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The government lawyer is the one who manages the case before the Personal Protection Board.

Grindr operates a location-based social network that is open to everyone and is preferred by people who identify with the LGBTQ+ community.

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