How Do Dating Apps Use My Data? A Video Explainer

If you've ever used a dating app, your data has likely been collected and shared across the Internet. How do dating - and other types of apps - use your data? Advocate R.J. Cross explains. 

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R.J. Cross
Advocate, New Economy, PIRG; Policy Analyst, Frontier Group

Author: R.J. Cross

Advocate, New Economy, PIRG; Policy Analyst, Frontier Group

(316) 312-5947

Started on staff: 2016
B.A., Phi Beta Kappa, University of Kansas

R.J. focuses on manipulative advertising and the commercialization of personal data online as a part of her work to advance PIRG’s New Economy program. In her work at Frontier Group, she has authored research reports on government transparency, predatory auto lending and consumer debt. She was previously the tax and budget advocate for PIRG. When she’s not protecting the public interest, she is an avid reader, fiction writer and birder.

Ever used a dating app? That data doesn't stay private for very long. Dating apps use your data. U.S. PIRG advocate R.J. Cross explains what happens next with help from Finn Myrstad of the Norwegian Consumer Council. 

While the EU has taken great strides towards strong rules to protect consumers' data, laws in the U.S. aren't up to the task of keeping our data safe. To rein in the data collection and surveillance practices of the online advertising industry, it's going to take a global effort. Tell U.S. decisionmakers we need strong rules here, too, by taking action below. 

TAKE ACTION
Tell the FTC we need stronger protections for our personal data

Using an app shouldn't require you to give up huge amounts of your detailed personal information to the online advertising industry. Urge the FTC to write stronger rules. 

R.J. Cross
Advocate, New Economy, PIRG; Policy Analyst, Frontier Group

Author: R.J. Cross

Advocate, New Economy, PIRG; Policy Analyst, Frontier Group

(316) 312-5947

Started on staff: 2016
B.A., Phi Beta Kappa, University of Kansas

R.J. focuses on manipulative advertising and the commercialization of personal data online as a part of her work to advance PIRG’s New Economy program. In her work at Frontier Group, she has authored research reports on government transparency, predatory auto lending and consumer debt. She was previously the tax and budget advocate for PIRG. When she’s not protecting the public interest, she is an avid reader, fiction writer and birder.