Dating apps: is looking for a soul mate a digital risk?  


When it comes to dating apps, the information that is shared can be sensitive. In Colombia according to a study by Kaspersky Lab, a digital security firm, 54 percent of  the users of dating platforms admit to having lied when providing data. That goes from the name and the marital status, to the place of location and some physical aspects.

In 2015 an attack on the Ashley Madison portal, which calls itself the online dating site for unfaithful people. Published private information of more than 30 million accounts.

Tinder, Bumble, Ok Cupid and Grindr are some of the most popular. But although the applications have become more sophisticated, the Kaspersky study found that 63 percent of people fear that the platforms will have some malicious virus. And 61 percent, fear that their data will be stolen or filtered.

The truth is that few people take measures to prevent risks: only 27 percent of users of dating applications think about using a security solution and 16 percent believe that there is no risk.

Sara Fratti is a legal advisor at the Fundación Acceso (a social organization based in Costa Rica that works to reduce the impact on the rights of people in situations of physical, technological and psychosocial security). Who has analyzed the topic of dating applications, and explained that the risks when using these platforms are both digital and physical security.

For Fratti, digital vulnerabilities are not just the name, a private photograph or the location. But also information such as connection schedules, tastes and user behavior patterns (including sexual preferences).