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Screenshot: Grindr

LGBTQ dating site Grindr said it does share some data with third party vendors, including customers' HIV status, but said the disclosures are made only when "necessary or appropriate." It also said it doesn't sell such information or provide it to advertisers.

Why it matters: BuzzFeed reported earlier on Monday that Grindr was sharing data, including HIV status, with two partners: Apptimize and Localytics. Grindr was widely criticized on social media.

Grindr's statement: The company said that "as a company that serves the LGBTQ community, we understand the sensitivities around HIV status disclosure" and its goal is to “support the health and safety of our users worldwide."

  • It said it doesn't sell personally identifiable information to third parties or advertisers
  • It confirmed it does work with third parties like Apptimize and Localytics that do have such data
  • It noted it considers itself a public forum and suggested users think carefully before posting sensitive information

Worth noting: The companies that Grindr is sharing with — Localytics and Apptimize — are not data brokers who sell or use the information themselves, but rather businesses that Grindr (and many other mobile app makers) use to test and measure the performance of their apps.

Grindr shares other, less sensitive information, with even more third parties, according to Norweigian non-profit SINTEF.

But, but but: Sharing the data means it is in more places than just Grindr. And there is the question of whether the third parties even need all those details.

"Under no circumstances does Localytics automatically collect a user's personal information, nor do we require personal information in order for our customers to get the benefits from using our platform," Localytics VP of product Bryan Dunn said in a statement to Axios. "It is up to each customer to determine what information they send to Localytics, and Localytics processes that data solely for the customer’s use."

Go deeper: Axios' David McCabe wrote earlier this year on just how much dating apps know about their users.

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DOJ watchdog to probe whether officials sought to alter election results

Former President Donald Trump and former First Lady Melania Trump exit Air Force One in West Palm Beach, Florida, on Jan. 20. Photo: Alex Edelman/AFP via Getty Images

The Justice Department's inspector general will investigate whether any current or former DOJ officials "engaged in an improper attempt to have DOJ seek to alter the outcome" of the 2020 election, the agency announced Monday.

Driving the news: The investigation comes in the wake of a New York Times report that alleged that Jeffrey Clark, the head of DOJ's civil division, had plotted with President Trump to oust acting Attorney General Jeffery Rosen in a scheme to overturn the election results in Georgia.

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Google's chief health officer Karen DeSalvo on vaccinating America

Google on Monday became the latest Big Tech company to get involved with COVID-19 vaccinations. Not just by doing things like incorporating vaccination sites into its maps, but by helping to turn some of its offices and parking lots into vaccination sites.

Axios Re:Cap goes deeper into what Google is doing, and why now, with Dr. Karen DeSalvo, Google's chief health officer who previously worked at HHS and as health commissioner for New Orleans.

Biden signs order overturning Trump's transgender military ban

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President Biden signed an executive order on Monday overturning the Trump administration's ban on transgender Americans serving in the military.

Why it matters: The ban, which allowed the military to bar openly transgender recruits and discharge people for not living as their sex assigned at birth, affected up to 15,000 service members, according to tallies from the National Center for Transgender Equality and Transgender American Veterans Association.