Gay dating app fined $240,000 for leaking nude and private photos
Last week, authorities in New York slapped the makers of Jack’d, a dating app for gay and bisexual men, with a $240,000 fine for failing to protect the private information of users, even after they learned that the private photos of users were stored in an unsecured server accessible to anyone with an Internet connection.
In February of last year, a security researcher found an unprotected server containing nude and private photos. The researcher managed to identify the owner of the database as Online Buddies, the company behind Jack’d, and subsequently disclosed the issue to the firm. While Online Buddies confirmed receipt of the report, it never took steps to resolve the issue, despite promising users to protect their private information.