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Millions on Gay Dating App Grindr Have Had Precise Location Data Sold to the Highest Bidder for Years: Report

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The precise location data of millions of users of the popular gay dating app Grindr has been for sale to the highest bidder for years, allowing purchasers to micro-target them for ad purposes, while making available possibly intimate details of their movements.

Those “precise movements,” The Wall Street Journal reports, “were collected from a digital advertising network and made available for sale,” since at least 2017. Grindr says it stopped the flow of the location data to advertising networks two years ago. Historical information may still be available.

Grindr, considered one of the first “geosocial” internet apps for LGBTQ people, was publicly released in 2009. It allows users to see other users’ profiles and sort by distance.

“The commercial availability of the personal information, which hasn’t been previously reported, illustrates the thriving market for at-times intimate details about users that can be harvested from mobile devices,” The Journal adds, noting a “U.S. Catholic official last year was outed as a Grindr user in a high-profile incident that involved analysis of similar data.”

The data for sale does not include names or phone numbers, but it is specific enough so those with access to it can “infer things like romantic encounters between specific users based on their device’s proximity to one another, as well as identify clues to people’s identities such as their workplaces and home addresses based on their patterns, habits and routines, people familiar with the data said.”

The Journal cites general concerns from national security officials “about the intelligence risks from commercially available information.” It also notes concern over the potential for blackmail.

“The U.S. government intervened to force a Chinese company into divesting itself from Grindr on national-security grounds in 2019—citing the risk of blackmail using the app data and the possibility of the Chinese government using the app’s data for surveillance purposes.”

A spokesperson for Near, the new owner of a mobile advertising company formerly named UM, told The Journal: “Every single entity in the advertising ecosystem has access to the information shared by Grindr and every other app that uses the real-time bidding system. That means thousands of entities have such access.”

In a blog post Monday, Grindr’s VP of Communications, Patrick Lenihan, calls the Journal’s report “old news,” and suggests the Journal is “[v]ictimizing LGBTQ+ people” by running “a sensationalized story.” He adds Grindr has “put privacy before profit.”

But it’s important that users know how their data was used or misused, even historically.

Read the entire report here.

This story has been updated to include Grindr’s public response to the Journal’s report.

 

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‘Release Your Medical Records’: No Report on Trump’s Health 3 Days After Assassination Attempt

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Exactly 72 hours after the attempted assassination of Donald Trump, neither his campaign nor his doctors have released any relevant information about the extent of his injuries, or any update on the health of the 78-year old man who just became the Republican Party’s presidential nominee.

While seeing apparent blood on his ear and dripping across his face, Americans have not been seen a medical report about the effects of the shooting that did take a supporter’s life and seriously wounded two other people.

Nor have Americans been told the extent of his injuries, how serious they were, if they were caused by a bullet, shrapnel, or shards of glass. No one has been told if any material entered the ex-president’s skull or brain, or if there is any lasting damage – cosmetic or otherwise.

READ MORE: Secret Service Arrests Florida Man Threatening to Kill President Biden ‘Today!’

According to Eric Trump on Monday at the RNC, “my father got shot at. Somebody took off half his ear.”

There are far more questions than answers, and the questions are growing.

“As an investigative journalist, I notice missing evidence & ask why,” writes former Forbes reporter Jonathan Greenberg, who exposed Trump’s “John Barron” con. “Why is Trump hiding medical report/ear imagery? Where are bullet forensics of shooter to Trump & 3 victims? Where was Trump & what was he doing for 10 days prior to shooting? Where was shooter past month?”

Greenberg’s question about the convicted ex-president’s whereabouts for ten days also has also gone unanswered. After the damning debate with President Joe Biden, but before Saturday’s shooting that could have taken Trump’s life, some expressed wonder about the convicted ex-president’s apparent 10-plus day disappearance. That wonder, for some, has turned into baseless conspiracy theories including one that alleges the assassination was staged and Trump disappeared for over a week to “rehearse” the plot.

RELATED: Was Trump Hit by a Bullet or Not? Calls Mount for Campaign to Release Medical Records

Attorney and former congressional special counsel John P. Flannery II, a frequent cable news guest, declared, “hey Don release your medical records.”

“I am in no way saying anything wasn’t as it seemed but can we at least get an official medical report on Trump’s ear?” asked professor of law Eric Segall on Tuesday.

“You would think someone would inquire about Trump’s medical report if for no other reason than Trump has not provided any medical updates or information, neither has the hospital that treated him,” remarked former Republican Party chairman Michael Steele. “Outside of Trump telling us he’s ‘fine’, how severe was the wound? Did he loose part of his ear (bullets do terrible things to flesh)? How long for recovery? Will the wound require cosmetic surgery? What about reports that it may not have been a bullet which wounded him but glass from the shattered teleprompter?”

“I mean isn’t fair to ask Trump to release the medical records? What was the extent of the injury? Is he healing? How is his health? What did the doctors say? This is a 78-year-old man who survived a shooting and is running for President after all,” commented Daily Beast columnist Wajahat Ali.

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Secret Service Arrests Florida Man Threatening to Kill President Biden ‘Today!’

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The U.S. Secret Service has arrested a man in Florida who allegedly made repeated threats to kill President Joe Biden, including saying he would “kill joe biden today!!”

Late Monday, according to Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Seamus Hughes, “the Secret Service arrested a Florida man, Jason Alday, for threatening to ‘slit Joe biden’s throat.’ ”

Hughes wrote at Lawfare about Saturday’s attempted assassination of Donald Trump: “We Should Have Seen the Attempted Assassination Coming.”

“The assassination attempt of former President Donald Trump on Saturday was not a surprise to anyone paying attention. By almost every measure, the warning bells were sounding at a decibel level that should have been audible from the cosmos,” Hughes reported. “The attempted murder of a former president should be a wakeup call. Threats against public officials have been steadily rising for some time.”

READ MORE: ‘Mortified’ RFK Jr. Apologizes for Leaked Video of Trump Spinning Vaccine Conspiracies

Hughes is also “a senior research faculty member and policy associate at the University of Nebraska at Omaha-based National Counterterrorism Innovation, Technology, and Education Center (NCITE),” according to his bio at Lawfare.

On social media Hughes posted a screenshot of the affidavit, and a link to the original.

According to the affidavit, an account on Twitter/X  that appears to be Alday’s posted on July 11: “I’ll kill joe biden today!!”

READ MORE: ‘Indoctrination’: Top Republicans Kick Off National Convention With Anti-LGBTQ Attacks

Other posts reportedly read:

“sources: Joe biden’s health is declining rapidly. Not doing too good at all. Should I finish him off?”

“The secret service sent a special agent n*gg*r to my house with gadsden county officers. I’Il still slit joe biden’s throat.”

“I want special agent matthews dead, too. stupid n*gg*r has gotta go!!”

“Where you at special agent matthews ? come arrest me n*gg*r!! this is Jason Alday!!”

READ MORE: Was Trump Hit by a Bullet or Not? Calls Mount for Campaign to Release Medical Records

 

 

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‘Mortified’ RFK Jr. Apologizes for Leaked Video of Trump Spinning Vaccine Conspiracies

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Hours before announcing he had chosen U.S. Senator JD Vance (R-OH) as his vice presidential running mate, Donald Trump met in Milwaukee on Monday with conspiracy theorist and anti-vaxxer Robert F. Kennedy Jr., who is an independent candidate for President of the United States.

Tucker Carlson, the far-right wing former Fox News host, “helped broker the meeting,” The New York Times reports. Politico adds the meeting took place “to discuss the possibility of the independent candidate endorsing the Republican nominee, according to multiple people familiar with the huddle.” The Kennedy camp denied he has any intention of dropping out of the race, despite his inability to gain any substantial traction that would make him a serious contender for the White House. RFK Jr. is polling in the high single digits to about 10 percent, according to FiveThirtyEight, which is enough for him to be a spoiler, likely helping Trump more than President Joe Biden.

The Kennedy family back in April endorsed President Joe Biden for re-election.

READ MORE: ‘Indoctrination’: Top Republicans Kick Off National Convention With Anti-LGBTQ Attacks

But in a stunning move, the Kennedy camp reportedly “leaked” video of RFK Jr. speaking on the telephone with Trump, according to the MeidasTouch Network. That video was was quickly removed, but not before NBC News’ senior reporter Brandy Zadrozny was able to obtain a copy and post it on social media (video below.)

In that video, Donald Trump can be heard telling Kennedy, “I would love you to do stuff and I think it’d be so good for your and so big for you. And we’re gonna win. We’re way ahead of the guy.”

It was not clear in what context Trump meant “do stuff,” although he could have possibly meant endorse Trump, or hand Kennedy a post in his administration. There had been some speculation, including in the betting markets, Trump would make RFK Jr. his running mate.

Deadline reported Trump “sounded like he was wooing [Kennedy] for his support.”

“Leaked video of a phone call between the two exposes just how aligned they are,” The New Republic reported.

In his remarks about vaccines, about which RFK Jr. has “spent years stoking fear and mistrust,” and left a “trail of false and misleading claims,” Trump shared some of his own false theories.

“When you when you feed a baby a vaccination that is like 38 different vaccines, and it looks like it’s meant for a horse not a, you know 10-pound or 20-pound baby,” Trump said. “It looks like you’re giving you should be giving a horse this and did you ever see the size of it right? You know, it’s this massive – And then you see the baby all of a sudden starting to change radically. I’ve seen it too many times. And then you hear that it doesn’t have an impact, right? But you and I talked about that a long time ago. And anyway, I would be, I would love you to do stuff and I think it’d be so good for your and so big for you. And we’re gonna win. We’re way ahead of the guy.”

READ MORE: ‘Fight! Fight! Fight!’: RNC’s ‘Chilling’ MAGA Chant Echoes Trump – and ‘1930’s Germany’

Trump in the video also positively spoke about President Joe Biden calling him after Saturday’s assassination attempt.

RFK Jr. on Tuesday posted an apology to Donald Trump on social media, writing: “When President Trump called me I was taping with an in-house videographer. I should have ordered the videographer to stop recording immediately. I am mortified that this was posted. I apologize to the president.”

“Whoops,” Zadrony reported. “Seems like RFK Jr.’s son posted and has since deleted video of a call between RFK Jr. and Trump after the shooting. In the video Trump repeats his old (false) claims about childhood vaccines, suggesting the vaccine schedule causes injuries in babies.”

She included a screenshot of Bobby Kennedy III’s statement, which reads, “I am a firm believer that these sorts of conversations should be had in public. Here’s Trump giving his real opinion to my dad about vaccinating kids — this was the day after the assassination attempt.”

Watch video below or at this link.

READ MORE: ‘Just the First Step’: Trump Declares ‘Uniting Our Nation’ Means Ending All Cases Against Him

 

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