Norwegian Data Protection Authority (Datatilsynet) v. Grindr

Schjødt assisted Grindr in this landmark privacy case

The Norwegian Data Protection Authority (Datatilsynet) has announced its intention to fine dating app Grindr NOK 100 million for what the regulator has described as illegal disclosure of user data to advertising firms. Should the fine be finalised, it would be the largest GDPR fine issued in the Nordics.

According to the authority, the Grindr app has transmitted users’ precise locations, user-tracking codes and the app’s name to at least five advertising companies, essentially tagging individuals as L.G.B.T.Q. without obtaining their explicit consent. Grindr has until 15 February to respond to the claims, after which the authority will make its final decision in the case.

The fine comes one year after European non-profit groups lodged complaints against Grindr and its advertising partners. Use of cookies by adtech companies has been seen as a threat to privacy.

Since launching in 2009, Grindr has grown into the largest social networking app for gay, bi, trans, and queer people. With millions of daily users who use our location-based technology in almost every country in every corner of the planet. Today, Grindr proudly represents a modern LGBTQ lifestyle that’s expanding into new platforms.

The Schjødt team included Inge Kristian Brodersen, Eva Jarbekk (Picture), Jeppe Songe-Møller, Thomas Nygren and Jenny Nondal. 

Involved fees earner: Inge Kristian Brodersen – Schjodt; Eva Jarbekk – Schjodt; Jenny Nondal – Schjodt; Thomas Nygren – Schjodt; Jeppe Songe-Møller – Schjodt;

Law Firms: Schjodt;

Clients: Grindr LLC;

Author: Federica Tiefenthaler