To use the app, you must sign up with your Facebook account or your phone number. According to Tinder, this is to ensure matches are made with people who share interests and common friends. That being said, Tinder doesn’t post to your Facebook profile, so if you’re concerned about friends getting updates about your use of the site, at least on this point, you can rest easy.
Tinder also gives itself access to the content of your chats when you’re using the app and may share your personal data with third parties for advertising purposes.
Tinder is part of the Match Group of businesses, which includes Plenty of Fish, OkCupid and Match. Your information may be shared with other businesses in this group. Tinder and OkCupid have recently come under fire following the release of a report by the Norwegian Consumer Council which found that the apps are sharing personal user information with third parties.
You are able to view the personal data that Tinder has collected about you by using the Download my Data tool and you can also request its deletion.
Matching: To register, you fill out a profile, which you can do by signing up with Facebook, and then populate your profile with more information like your interests or your ideal date. You can meet singles using three methods: by searching for them by distance and age, by using the “Carousel” (which works similarly to Tinder), or by using SmartPick (which evaluates compatibility between Zoosk members and makes match recommendations). Zoosk claims to learn from your actions as you use the site, therefore making more suitable matches as you use the site more.
Zoosk offers free and paid memberships, and a pay-as-you-go system using “Zoosk Coins”. The free profiles function as a preview – if you want to communicate with users on the site you have to pay for a membership.
Free: Members can create a profile, search for singles, and send introductory winks, but they can’t send or receive messages. Continue reading If you use your Facebook account, this then forms the basis of your Tinder profile