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Tinder, privacy and Russia

The Tinder dating app is now required to share its user data with Russian authorities, according to Russia’s Roskomsvoboda internet rights group.

Legislation that came into force in 2016 requires social media companies to store user data on servers located in Russia and provide this data to the authorities on demand. Russia last year issued an order to ban the Telegram messaging app after it refused to provide the user data as required.

Tinder is now required to provide its Russian users’ private messages, audio, video and other material to authorities including the Federal Security Service (FSB).

Russian authorities will gain new powers to block content in November when legislation that seeks to expand Russia’s sovereignty over its segment of the web comes into force.

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