A Socialist Lawmaker Marc Tarabella criticised Tinder demanding prosecution for abusive clauses. Tinder is a dating app of Match Group Inc. He said the terms of the agreement of the app violate the bloc's data protection laws according to Europian Union codes.
Tarabella says that the Tinder uses the private information of the users without any partial clause consent. He had also accused the dating app Hppn and the jogging app Runkeeperin the past. He wants the European Commission to investigate the matter.
Tarabella states, "Once you subscribe, the company can do whatever it wants with your data. It can show them, distribute them to whomever or even change them. The lack of transparency cannot be the rule." He further adds "The problem is always the lack of openness and the notion of consent. Companies often sell user's data to third parties without consumers being aware or giving explicit consent to it."
Tinder terms are miserable and a bad example of a digital agreement. Along with insulting its users, these terms even violate several laws. Norwegian Marketing Act, the EU Unfair Contract Terms Directive, and the EU Data Protection Directive are some of them.
According to a Commission spokesperson they cannot enforce EU rules on data and consumer protection. The right remains with national authorities. He also admitted that the Commission did carry out such investigations in the past
Tarabella claimed that the app makes its users agree on some confusing terms in their agreement. The users without any knowledge get trapped to allow the company to use their data even after deleting of their Tinder accounts.
Last December, the EU data protection reform got official acceptance. The is passed to take a stand for the right of the citizen in the digital world. The new rules are advantageous for both owners and users. The reforms aim at keeping clear rules at all the digital platforms.
No Tinder representative has commented on the issue yet. The EU regulations protect the rights of internet users to disallow the use of their private data whenever they want. The company must provide a partial easy-to-understand agreement to take the due consent of users. It is the only point to raise such issue.