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But it does put a lot more data into the hands of potential stalkers, while offering Tinder access to a massive treasure trove of location data – the selling of which, even anonymized and in aggregate, could be a big business.
Even if Tinder doesn’t aim to sell the data directly, it clearly paves the way for the company to show more specific location-based ads in its product.
And we’ve learned that, thankfully, this feature will be opt-in.
However, that’s a decision you should approach with caution.
Men are concerned about crossing boundaries, having their actions misinterpreted, or even adhering to traditional gender roles like paying for a date, said Three Day Rule chief executive officer and founder Talia Goldstein.
Meanwhile, some women said they were too worn out by inappropriate behavior or triggered by the news to want to spend time with men, and some worry about how and when to call out men they’re dating for harassment.
It pays to have singletons coming back for more dates and swiping in location-based apps, but it also makes dating far more random, tedious, and perilous.: an upcoming Tinder feature called Places will allow for just that.According to screenshots detailing Tinder Places uncovered by The Verge, the dating app is developing a feature that tracks your location via its app, then shows potential matches where you’ve been.Drinks with a potential partner can feel like a “job interview,” he said, and people on dating apps are flaking on meet-ups more often.That’s partly due to the monotony of online dating, but the tense political climate, the depressing news cycle, and the discourse surrounding #Me Too — a movement meant to highlight women’s experiences with sexual assault and unwanted sexual advances — have put a damper on the dating experience, he said. “In and of itself dating is kind of exhausting even when there isn’t a larger political movement around it, so I think having to do it in addition to being reminded of this terrible stuff going on is hard,” he said.One serious concern was whether Places would be opt out or opt in – the documentation The Verge found didn’t make this clear.However, we’re relieved to hear (from people familiar with product) that Places is an opt-in experience.(The documentation hedges on the timeframe by saying things like “we’ll wait a while” or “it’ll take some time.”) While Tinder says your recent places will expire after 28 days – meaning, other Tinder users won’t be able to see where you’ve been past that point – the company does appear to be keeping a wider history of users’ location and travels for itself.The documentation explains that Tinder will use this Places information in order to improve the product – by learning which places lead to matches, which users are always deleting, and it will use the data to improve its ability to show users better matches.In other words, Tinder will be tracking you, as well as giving potential matches the ability to narrow down the parts of the city you frequent – right down to your daily habits.That means potential matches could figure our things like which bar you regularly hit up for after-work drinks, where you work out, what your favorite breakfast spot is, and so on.