The hazzards of online dating
"Young apps often don't prioritize security and privacy," he said."Growth is everything in the start-up space -- and that can come at users' expense." Mayer is also concerned about the trend of using logins for other social networks in dating apps.Yet the specter raised by Adult Friend Finder's apparent hack is a different kind of threat than a company trying to use data to figure out how best to match people or leaking the info to other companies: It risks wholesale exposure of information in an era when it is basically impossible to put the data genie back in the bottle.
That was around the same time Adult Friend Finder settled with the Federal Trade Commission for allegedly foisting "sexually explicit online pop-up ads on unwitting consumers" who weren't looking for porn, including children.
And while Adult Friend Finder is on one extreme of the burgeoning digital romance market, the whole sector is based on information about users' most intimate desires.