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Watch: Grindr Exec Apologizes for Sharing Users HIV Statuses, Explains More

Friday Apr 6, 2018
Grindr's Vice President of Social Impact Jack Harrison-Quintana
Grindr's Vice President of Social Impact Jack Harrison-Quintana  (Source:Screenshot via Grindr)

Grindr shared a video of its Vice President of Social Impact Jack Harrison-Quintana apologizing after the gay dating app shared users' HIV status with third-party companies. Harrison-Quintana also explains how the company will handle the sharing of HIV status data.

"I want to start by apologizing from everyone here at the Grindr team for all the distress that we've caused over the last 48 hours," he says in the clip, later adding, "I want to say at the outset very clearly that we have never and would never sell any user data - especially HIV information - to advertisers or anyone else."

Harrison-Quintana goes on to say that "the only people who have access to Grinder user information is our trusted contractors who help us roll out new features and deliver relevant messages to our users. They aren't advertisers. They are well-respected companies who take privacy and security as seriously as we do."

"Over the past two days, we've heard your concerns. Your privacy and trust are very important to us... that's why we're making additional changes to keep this data even more secure," he continues. "From now on, HIV status data will be isolated from the rest of the information we have so its inaccessible to even our most trusted partner who we work with everyday."

Grindr came under fire this week when it was discovered the app was sharing user profile information, including HIV status, to third-party companies that help optimize apps. After an outcry, Grindr announced it'd no longer be sharing such information.

Watch Harrison-Quintana in the video below.

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