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The segment of “Online Dating” is made up of online services that offer a platform on which its members can flirt, chat or fall in love. In contrast to matchmaking services, online dating focuses on casual contacting and easy flirting among its members.
The users normally carry out the search on their own.
In September, a journalist requested her personal data from Tinder and received 800 pages including information about her Facebook and Instagram activity.
And more recently, researchers have revealed security vulnerabilities in a number of online dating apps, including ways that users may be vulnerable due to sensitive information they disclose on the site.
Users described balancing privacy considerations including the risk of feeling awkward, screenshots and data breaches, stalking, and their profile being seen by a friend or co-worker, with goals like getting successful matches, preserving information that may be sentimental if the match is successful, safety, and avoiding scams.
The calculation of Statista’s Market Outlook is based on a complex market-driver logic including over 400 region-specific data sets.
These events and others show that individual users can’t control all privacy-related risks when using online dating.
To understand how users reason about privacy risks they can potentially control through decision making, Lab Ph. student Camille Cobb and Lab Faculty Co-Director Yoshi Kohno studied online dating user’s perceptions about and actions governing their privacy in “How Public is My Private Life?
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