Russia requires Tinder to hand over users’ data on demand

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Russia has told dating app Tinder to store its users’ data and be prepared to hand it over on demand to its national intelligence agencies.

The requirement comes at a time when Russia continues to crack down on internet freedoms, in a move that authorities claim is protecting the country from extremism.

Tinder is now one of 175 online services that are required to store six months’ worth of data, which can be handed over to Russian authorities when requested.

Such data could consist of Russian users’ messages, photos, audio and video recordings, and would be handed over to law enforcement agencies, including the Federal Security Service (FSB).

In a tweet, Russia’s telecoms and media regulator Rozkomnador confirmed it had added Match Group, the parent company of Tinder, to its list.

It also attached a meme to its tweeted announcement, poking fun at the differing ways men introduce themselves on the internet, versus in-person meetings.

On the left hand side of the meme, the character greets a person on the internet with: “Hi, babe”, while the character on the right-hand side greets a person face-to-face with “Hi, I’m Vityusha” – an informal and friendly version of the name Viktor.