The lesson of this story (of a Catholic blog using commercially resold Grindr data to out a gay priest) is *either* that anonymised data can always be de-anonymised (pretty much the intuition of lots of experts I know), or, less generally, you can't expect an org that benefits from selling other people's data to calibrate how much they should spend on anonymising.



The other lesson of this is that hookup apps should be under the control of the community, not private interests.

@emma or possibly different communities? I know that folks were finding out similar problems when hookup apps were leaking info, which was relatively (relatively!) harmless in say a US context, but were deadly in countries with harsh anti-gay laws. It's hard to generalise threat models even when you think there's a commonality.

One of the advantages of a more federated model, I guess.


Yes, federation would help, but there's no amount of tech that will fix a systemic problem like homophobia and it's underlying causes.

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