The US officials see the dating app as a threat to the national security of the United States due to ownership.
Grindr is a dating app for transgender, lesbians, gays, bisexuals and queer individuals who seek to accept their sexuality with grace. The app runs on iOS and Android smartphones which can be either be subscribed for an updated version or used for free. The app is originally owned by Beijing Kunlun Tech Co Ltd, a Chinese based company which is responsible to stir doubt in the minds of U.S. officials regarding a great threat to the national security of the country. Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States gave an idea to the Chinese owners which is facing pressure to sell it.
The country has always been concerned when it comes to personal data handling especially when the military or the national security is at stake. The app reportedly collects all the information of the users, including personal messages and location. In 2018, it was found that the app was sharing HIV status of the users. The accounts were overall linked to phone ID’s, email ID’s and GPS information. After a few months, it was found that some random app was using Grindr to trace location of its users. Beijing Kunlun Tech Co Ltd, purchased the dating app in 2016 for US $ 93 million dollars, however currently the owners are planning to sell the app, facing American pressure.
The cold war is creating tensions between The United States and China with the ongoing legal battle caused due to banning Huawei products in the former country. However, Huawei is not the only Chinese-based company which is having troubles with country. Thus, the areas of conflicts between both the countries must reduce gradually to ensure stable business platforms.