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Parliamentary questions
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2 April 2019
Question for written answer E-001621-19
to the Commission
Rule 130
Marietje Schaake (ALDE)

 Subject:  Grindr and data privacy concerns
 Answer in writing 

Last week US national security officials issued an order to the Chinese company Beijing Kunlun Tech to sell its majority stake in the dating application Grindr, in order to avoid potential exploitation by the Chinese Government of user data collected by the app. Grindr’s privacy policy states that data collected may be shared with a parent company and that the owner of Grindr ‘will possess the personal data’.

Millions of Europeans use Grindr on a daily basis. While Kunlun Tech is not owned by the Chinese Government, Chinese data localisation requirements make it possible for data collected by Grindr to be transferred to China.

1. Is the Commission aware of this decision by US officials, and have similar concerns about Chinese access to the data of European Grindr users been discussed and/or investigated by the Commission?

2. Will the Commission investigate Chinese data localisation requirements regarding data collected by Grindr in order to ensure that no data of European Grindr users is transferred to or owned or possessed by the Chinese Government?

3. If data collected by Grindr is found to be transferred to the Chinese Government, how does that relate to GDPR data transfer requirements, and what subsequent measures would the Commission have at its disposal to put an immediate stop to such transfers by Grindr?

Last updated: 17 April 2019Legal notice