The executives of Grindr, the world’s most popular gay dating app, have pulled the app from Apple’s app store in China over concerns about data regulations, marking a new turn of events. of a series of foreigners leaving the Chinese market under the new regulations.
Grindr’s services continue to operate in China, although the Chinese government has previously taken steps to block services that don’t follow their rules. In this case, the rules include a new personal information protection law that requires permission from the Chinese government for customer data to be transmitted outside of the country’s borders.
Headquartered in West Hollywood, California, the app pioneered location-based dating. Grindr sometimes gets into hot water because of processing personal data. In 2018, the gay, bisexual, transgender and gay social network drew widespread criticism for sharing its users’ HIV status, sexual preferences and intimate details. confidentiality is different from external software vendors.
The Chinese internet is one of the toughest operating environments for foreign companies in the world, with state censorship and disclosure rules that can force companies to hand over consumer data. use.
Recent laws in China designed to protect consumer data have made things more difficult for foreign companies, which must obtain state permission to transfer data outside. country. State internet policy has also increased in recent weeks, as Beijing prepares for the Winter Olympics, which begin on Friday.
Grindr moved to remove the app last week because of difficulties in complying with the new regulations, a company official said, speaking on condition of anonymity. Over the past year, many foreign Internet companies still operating in China have taken similar steps. In October, LinkedIn said it would close its Chinese website, citing a challenging operating environment. Soon, Yahoo followed suit.
Like many other major internet services, Grindr has in the past been stuck between the US and China. The US government forced Grindr’s former Chinese owner to sell the company in 2020 over national security concerns about the sensitive data the company owned.
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/02/02/business/grindr-apple-app-store-china.html Grindr is obtained from Apple’s App Store in China