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Grindr weakness lets homophobes keep tabs on you

by | 19th, January 2015

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Want to keep track of gays? That quesion to you ISIS and other violent homophobes.

Anyone on Grindr, (the dating app with millions of monthly users) has a weakness.

Arstechnica reports:

 Synack independently confirmed the privacy threat , Grindr officials have allowed it to remain for users in all but a handful of countries where being gay is illegal. As a result, geographic locations of Grindr users in the US and most other places can be tracked down to the very park bench where they happen to be having lunch or bar where they’re drinking and monitored almost continuously, according to research scheduled to be presented Saturday at the Shmoocon security conference in Washington, DC.

…Grindr developers modified the app to disable location tracking in Russia, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Nigeria, Liberia, Sudan, Zimbabwe, and any other place with anti-gay laws. Grindr also locked down the app so that location information is available only to people who have set up an account. The changes

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