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There are an estimated 1,500 dating sites on the web, promising everything from the delivery of a soulmate (Match.com, e Harmony) to casual sex partners located within walking distance (Grindr).
This might be a particular concern for individuals who use niche dating sites, such as HIV-positive or queer dating sites," warns the EFF.A few big ones signaled that they'd agree to a Do Not Track option, but critics pointed out that the move was basically a promise for self-regulation (and effective self-policing on privacy issues is not something online companies are well known for)."This is a big step in the right direction for securing user privacy rights in the digital environment, but we’ve still got a long way to go."If someone broke into my house and put a videocam in my bedroom, would we really let him get away with it if he said, I wasn't intending to invade your privacy, I just run a business where we sell sex tapes?" Andrews says, putting the decision in perspective.If the court issues an order, you've got to do it" [says Sablone].
While businesses routinely delete old records to protect themselves from future legal discovery requests, many online dating sites don't.
Meanwhile, existing laws are not even close to adequate.
The Electronic Communications Privacy Act, which deals with government intrusions, was enacted in 1986.
And according to a new report by the Electronic Frontier Foundation, they do a really bad job of keeping it private, leaving personal information like sexual identity and relationship history obtainable by such diverse parties as the courts, future employers, advertising companies, and hackers.
To begin with, many sites fail to maintain the minimum level of security that could dissuade a not especially skilled hacker from logging onto someone's profile and stealing their information, or nightmarishly, posing as them and sending messages through their account.
"Ok Cupid says it can limit who sees your profile – for example, users who identify as gay or bisexual may opt out of being seen by straight people," said EFF technologist Seth Schoen in a press release.