According to a September 2017 report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 2 million cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis were reported in the United States in 2016 — the highest cumulative number ever recorded.Major dating networks like Tinder and Grindr have been slow to respond to these epidemics, but a number of other sites have been moving ahead.“And this information, unlike the HIV data, was sometimes shared via ‘plain text,’ which can be easily hacked,” Ghorayshi and Ray wrote.Justin Lehmiller, a sex and psychology researcher at the Kinsey Institute, was not surprised by the news, given the recent Cambridge Analytica scandal at Facebook.Health experts say this could add to the stigma around HIV.
In an analysis of privacy leaks and data sharing at Grindr, SINTEF found that the company is also sharing other personal details of users — including GPS position, sexuality, and phone ID — with a slew of marketing and advertising companies.
“There’s also a concern that if users of these apps begin to question whether it is safe to share information about their HIV status, they may be less likely to reveal it, which could potentially create more opportunities for STIs to spread.” Health officials across the US have linked the recent uptick in STDs to the growing popularity of internet dating (and hookup) apps like Tinder, Grindr, and Ok Cupid.
They also pretty uniformly agree that these sites and apps could play an important role in STD outbreaks.
In recent years, Fahrenheit’s Calvin Chen has successfully developed his side businesses such as a bakery shop, a hair salon and fashion store.
With his successful career, Calvin’s love life has also drawn attention from his fans.