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Illustration: Rebecca Zisser/Axios

The developers trying to engineer your love life are as likely to fall victim to privacy missteps as platforms like Facebook or Google.

Why it matters: Dating apps and sites are party to some of our most intimate communications.

Details: Dating apps and sites collect a significant amount of consumer data — and where there is data, there are privacy breaches.

  • An Axios investigation a year ago found that trackers were common on many online dating websites, including from third-party companies.
  • In April, Grindr said it would stop sharing users’ HIV statuses with third-party vendors.
  • Tinder was one of the many outside applications implicated in a data leak that exposed Facebook accounts, since some people who use the dating app use the social giant’s login tool. The dating app said it had found no evidence its accounts were accessed.
  • The gay dating app Jack'd recently experienced a privacy breach that exposed users' photos that were supposedly private.

What they’re saying: Privacy issues in online dating can go beyond accidental breaches or disclosure. The information users provide these platforms can also be used to harass them or as "revenge porn," where intimate images of someone are shared without their consent.

  • “We disclose a significant amount of personal information on these platforms because we have to,” said New York Law School professor Ari Ezra Waldman. “But at the same time, the law does not protect our disclosure when someone wishes us harm.”
  • Privacy concerns can be particularly acute for members of marginalized groups that are more likely to use dating apps or face discrimination and harassment on the platforms.

Why you’ll hear about this again: Facebook is getting into the dating app space and bringing all of its consumer data privacy baggage along with it.

Kaveh Waddell contributed reporting.

Go deeper: Our special report on the future of dating

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Trump set to appear at Pennsylvania GOP hearing on voter fraud claims

President Trumpat the White House on Tuesday. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

President Trump is due to join his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, Wednesday at a Republican-led state Senate Majority Policy Committee hearing to discuss alleged election irregularities.

Why it matters: This would be his first trip outside of the DMV since Election Day and comes shortly after GSA ascertained the results, formally signing off on a transition to President-elect Biden.

Scoop: Trump tells confidants he plans to pardon Michael Flynn

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President Trump has told confidants he plans to pardon his former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who pleaded guilty in December 2017 to lying to the FBI about his Russian contacts, two sources with direct knowledge of the discussions tell Axios.

Behind the scenes: Sources with direct knowledge of the discussions said Flynn will be part of a series of pardons that Trump issues between now and when he leaves office.

Erica Pandey, author of @Work
10 hours ago - World

Remote work shakes up geopolitics

Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios

The global adoption of remote work may leave the rising powers in the East behind.

The big picture: Despite India's and China's economic might, these countries have far fewer remote jobs than the U.S. or Europe. That's affecting the emerging economies' resilience amid the pandemic.

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