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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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Supreme Court rejects Trump's attempt to shield documents from Jan. 6 committee

Photo: Melissa Sue Gerrits/Getty Images

The Supreme Court rejected on Wednesday night a bid by former President Trump to block the release of documents and records from his administration to the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol.

Why it matters: Trump asked the Supreme Court to step in and block the release of the documents last month after a panel on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit unanimously denied his attempt to prevent the committee from obtaining the materials.

Senate Republicans block voting rights bill

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican from Kentucky, walks to the Senate floor at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 18, 2022. Photo: Eric Lee/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Senate Republicans blocked Democrats' voting rights legislation from coming to a final vote on Wednesday in what was largely viewed as a doomed effort from the start.

Why it matters: The failed vote underscores the Democratic Party's current uphill battle to pass sweeping legislation in a 50-50 Senate.

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Biden says Russia likely to invade Ukraine

President Biden addressed the brewing conflict between Russia and Ukraine during a press briefing Wednesday, saying of Russian President Vladimir Putin, "my guess is he will move in."

Why it matters: U.S. officials have issued a series of warnings about Russia's threatening military buildup on the border with Ukraine, with Secretary of State Antony Blinken saying in Kyiv earlier Wednesday that Russia could invade "on very short notice."