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If Grindr or a similar app tells you how far away someone is—even if it doesn’t tell you in which direction—you can determine their exact location by combining the distance measurement from three points surrounding them, as shown in the the image at right.
In late 2014, Grindr responded to security researchers who pointed out that risk by offering an option to turn off the app’s distance-measuring feature, and disabling it by default in countries known to have “a history of violence against the gay community,” like Russia, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Sudan.
"You can easily pinpoint and reveal a person," says Hoang.
"In the US that's not a problem [for some users,] but in Islamic countries or in Russia, it can be very serious that their information is leaked like that."The Kyoto researchers’ method is a new twist on an old privacy problem for Grindr and its more than ten million users: what’s known as trilateration.
For anyone in that neighborhood, my cat photo would appear on their Grindr screen as one among hundreds of avatars for men in my area seeking a date or a casual encounter.
Within fifteen minutes, Hoang had identified the intersection where I live. In fact, the outline fell directly on the part of my apartment where I sat on the couch talking to him.
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