Grindr, CFIUS And The National Security Risks Of Dating
Law360 (April 1, 2019, 2:30 PM EDT) -- On March 27, several news outlets reported that the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States ordered Beijing Kunlun Tech Co. Ltd. to sell its interest in Grindr LLC, a popular dating application focused on the LGBTQ community. Kunlun, a Chinese technology firm, acquired an approximately 60 percent interest in Grindr in January 2016, and subsequently completed a full buyout of the company in January 2018.
Although CFIUS has not commented publicly, observers have speculated that the action was prompted by concerns over Kunlun's access to sensitive, personally identifying information of Grindr users, such as location, sexual preferences, HIV status...
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