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
Policy Analyst, Frontier Group; Advocate, Tax & Budget, U.S. PIRG

Author: R.J. Cross

Policy Analyst, Frontier Group; Advocate, Tax & Budget, U.S. PIRG

(316) 312-5947

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

R.J. Cross focuses on tax and budget policy as an advocate for U.S. PIRG and policy analyst with Frontier Group. Her other research focuses include on government transparency, consumer protection and democratic reform. She was the lead co-author of 'Driving Into Debt', which documented the recent rise in indebtedness for cars, earning coverage on American Public Media’s Marketplace and on CNBC. In addition to her current home of Boston, R.J. has lived in Denver and southern California, and will always consider herself a Kansan at heart.

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
Policy Analyst, Frontier Group; Advocate, Tax & Budget, U.S. PIRG

Author: R.J. Cross

Policy Analyst, Frontier Group; Advocate, Tax & Budget, U.S. PIRG

(316) 312-5947

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

R.J. Cross focuses on tax and budget policy as an advocate for U.S. PIRG and policy analyst with Frontier Group. Her other research focuses include on government transparency, consumer protection and democratic reform. She was the lead co-author of 'Driving Into Debt', which documented the recent rise in indebtedness for cars, earning coverage on American Public Media’s Marketplace and on CNBC. In addition to her current home of Boston, R.J. has lived in Denver and southern California, and will always consider herself a Kansan at heart.