Russia is forcing Tinder to provide user data on demand, or risk being blocked, according to the Associated Press.
Tinder, a popular dating app, was one of many [what?] included on a list of online services that “are required to provide user data on demand to Russian authorities”. Based in West Hollywood, California, Tinder will either have to cooperate with authorities or risk being completely blocked in Russia.
In the last few years, Russia has been tightening its control on internet activity. When the messaging app Telegram refused to comply with Russian authorities, top Russian officials claimed that “‘extremists’ used the platform to plot terrorist attacks”.
The employment networking site LinkedIn was also targeted in 2016 and refused to provide the personal data of its users to officials. By court order, LinkedIn was blocked in 2016.
Such regulations on online activity have yet to reach other popular apps such as Facebook and WhatsApp, as requesting data from those apps “would be a big step for regulators”.