The popular dating application Tinder said on Tuesday that it will not give any personal information about its users to Russian authorities after media regulator Roskomnadzor included the U.S. company in a special register in order to require it to do so.
On Monday, Roskomnadzor reported that Match Group, owner and operator of Tinder and other online dating and chat websites, was included in the register for data service providers on May 31, after providing the necessary data.
“We have received a request for registration from the Russian government authorities. We have registered in order to comply with the law,” he told the official agency TASS a source in the public relations department of Match Group. However, added the company, this does not imply that “have to be transferred user data or personal data” and the owners of Tinder “have not passed these data to the government,” said the Press Service of the multinational.
The news has caused concern among users, although Tinder is not the first application that faces such demands from Russia, which has included 175 companies in the register, according to the information portal Gazeta.ru. The application of Telegram messages rejected the requirement. The authorities tried but failed to block the service. Also the Russian Facebook, VKontakte, has been included in the register, as well as WeChat, Badoo, services of the largest Russian search engine Yandex and the Mail.Ru Group.