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It's a potential gold mine for blackmailers, but that might not be the agency's only worry.Governments are increasingly concerned about how data can be used by adversaries, says Brett Bruen, the former director of global engagement in the Obama administration who now runs the consulting firm Global Situation Room.(Reddit’s majority shareholder is Advance Publications, which also owns WIRED publisher Condé Nast.)Meanwhile, regulatory maneuvers have become a front in the trade war between the US and China.Last year CFIUS blocked the sale of money-transfer service Money Gram to Ant Financial, a company owned by Alibaba and its CEO Jack Ma, and China scuttled Qualcomm's efforts to acquire the Dutch chipmaker NXP.(Grindr says it stopped doing this.) Senators Edward J.
“As more high-profile deals come to light, I think we'll see the committee reaching back to undo deals more often."Foreign investments aside, Grindr's handling of sensitive private data has been a concern.
"Data is the new frontier in espionage and exploitation of weaknesses, whether they be those of individuals or institutions," he adds.
"Any tech company, whether it's an LGBTQ dating app or a shopping site, is a target-rich environment.” Bruen notes the US and other governments will “take more aggressive steps to protect their citizens and national security."Timothy P.
WIRED reported in 2016 that security researchers could discover the location of users of Grindr and similar apps.
Last year Buzz Feed reported that Grindr shared users' HIV status with other companies.