Bumble Drops Facebook Account Requirement

Cornelia Mascio
Aprile 16, 2018

In the worst data leak in company history, Facebook initially reported that 50 million of its users' private information was used without consent by United Kingdom -based Cambridge Analytica for critical political voting in that country and the U.S.

On Bumble, women make the first move.

Dating app Bumble has changed its login system to help its 30 million-plus users avoid Facebook.

Most of this isn't new information, but it's part of Facebook's initiatives to be more transparent with the governmen t and its users about how the data it collects is shared.

"This hearing will be an important opportunity to shed light on critical consumer data privacy issues and help all Americans better understand what happens to their personal information online", Committee Chairman Greg Walden and Ranking Member Frank Pallone said in a statement.

This simple act gave Bumble access to Facebook account information, including, according to its privacy policy, "your friends list, relationship status, current location and friends you have in common with other Bumblers".

Bumble's VP of worldwide marketing and communications Louise Troen said "many" of its over 30 million users have looked for a different sign-up/log-in method.

It also reiterates how it's able to gather information on people who don't use Facebook.

Bumble announced Monday that it will release a feature that lets new users register and log in with their phone number and without sharing their information with Facebook. Bumble's new registration process bypasses the social network altogether.

At the same time, Facebook gained insights into the behaviour of Bumble's users and the mobile app economy.

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