Grindr Employee, Contractor, and Applicant Privacy Policy

Effective Date: June 16, 2021

Welcome to Grindr’s Employee, Contractor, and Applicant Privacy Policy (“Policy”). This Policy explains how Grindr processes Personal Information with respect to current and former employees, contractors, and applicants and provides a straightforward explanation of the following topics:

  1. Who Is Covered By This Policy?
  2. What is Personal Information? 
  3. What Personal Information Do We Collect?
  4. Sources of Personal Information
  5. How Do We Use Your Personal Information?
  6. Employee Monitoring
  7. Grindr Employee Use of Grindr Products and Services
  8. To Whom Do We Provide This Information?
  9. Personal Information Retention
  10. Your Personal Information Rights

By being transparent with how we collect and use your information, we hope you will be confident about the reasonable efforts Grindr is taking to safeguard your privacy.

Who Is Covered By This Policy?

All references in this Policy to “Grindr”, “We”, or  “Our”, refer to Grindr LLC, its parent companies, and its subsidiaries such as Grindr Canada Inc. All references to “You” and “Your” refer to current, prospective, or former Grindr employees, job applicants, and direct contractors. 

What Is Personal Information?

“Personal Information” (sometimes referred to as “Personal Data”) means any information that allows someone to identify you directly. Personal Information does not include anonymous information, publicly-available information that is lawfully made available to the general public from federal, state, or local government records, or information that cannot be affiliated with a specific individual. 

What Personal Information Do We Collect?

Grindr collects the following categories of Personal Information about you. Examples include (without limitation):  

Category Examples Of Personal Information That May Be Collected
A. Identifiers Legal name, alias, date of birth, primary address, unique personal identifier, online identifier, Internet Protocol address, email address, internal employee ID, email account, Social Security number, identification information (driver's license or passport) driver’s license number, passport number, license plate.
B. Personal information categories listed in the California Customer Records statute (Cal. Civ. Code § 1798.80(e)) Name, signature, Social Security number, physical characteristics or description, address, telephone number, passport number, driver's license or state identification card number, insurance policy number, education, employment, employment history, bank account number, medical information, or health insurance information.
C. Protected classification characteristics under California or federal law Age, race, color, national origin, citizenship, religion or creed, marital status, medical condition, physical or mental disability, sex (including gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy or childbirth and related medical conditions), sexual orientation for same sex benefits, veteran or military status.
D. Commercial information None.
E. Biometric information None.
F. Internet or other similar network activity Browsing history, search history, information regarding your interaction with websites, applications, email/chat/social media platforms, or computer or access logs or other activity on any Grindr computer or business information system.
G. Geolocation data Physical location such as home address, office visits, or business travel itinerary.
H. Sensory data Audio such as recorded meetings or presentations.
I. Professional or employment-related information Compensation information, tax withholding information, current or past job history or performance evaluations.
J. Education information, as defined by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act None.
K. Inferences drawn from other Personal Information Profile reflecting a person's preferences, characteristics, predispositions, behavior, attitudes, or abilities.
L. Video or Audio Recordings Grindr may utilize security cameras in common spaces (e.g., points of entry into Grindr’s offices).

Sources of Personal Information

We may collect Personal Information about you in various ways, including through:

How Do We Use Your Personal Information? 

We gather the Personal Information listed above for business operations, including for establishing, maintaining, or terminating your employment with Grindr. Such use cases include, but are not limited to: 

Employee Monitoring

The work product of Grindr employees, whether in paper record, computer files, recorded communications, or in any other storage format, belongs to Grindr, and that work product, and the tools used to generate that work product, are always subject to review and monitoring by Grindr.

In the course of conducting our business, we may monitor employee activities, online and within the workplace. For example, we have the capability to monitor all employees' computer, email, and chat use.

This section is not meant to suggest that all employees will in fact be monitored or their actions subject to constant surveillance. We have no duty to monitor. This is meant to bring to your attention that such monitoring may occur and may result in the collection of Personal Information from employees (e.g., through their use of company resources). When using Grindr-specific equipment or Grindr resources, employees should not have any expectation of privacy with respect to their use of such equipment or resources.

Grindr Employee Use of Grindr Products and Services

Personal use of Grindr Services by current employees and contractors is optional, although we welcome everyone to experience the app to better understand its function and features in the context of their employment with Grindr.  Current employees or contractors may request upgrades to their personal Grindr accounts (e.g., Grindr Xtra or Grindr Unlimited).  Personal Information required for an upgrade is the email address or account identifier associated with the Grindr account.  Any normal course use of the Grindr App by employees is governed by the Grindr Privacy Policy.

To Whom Do We Provide This Information? 

In some instances (i.e., on a conditional and need-to-know basis), Grindr may provide your Personal Information to employees, contractors, consultants or third party vendors in order to fulfill our business needs or provide assistance or services to you directly. Your Personal Information may also be provided under these specific circumstances:

Grindr does not sell employee data to third party vendors. 

Personal Information Retention 

Grindr retains your Personal Information for as long as is necessary to perform the business use cases listed in this Policy or to comply with federal, state, or local law. 

Your Personal Information Rights

You may request access, edits, or deletions to the Personal Information that we have on file about you.  In some cases you may have direct access to do this yourself. To request access, edits, or deletions to your information that you’re unable to access or correct on your own, please contact Grindr’s HR team. You can make these requests twice a year and Grindr has up to 45 days to respond to your request. All requests must be in writing and include the specific information that you would like access to or that you would like to change.  

Please note that requests for access, edits, or deletions are not always guaranteed. In the event we cannot fulfill your Personal Information request, Grindr will aim to provide a justification as to why. 

We will not discriminate against you for exercising your rights described in this Policy. 

Privacy Office Contact

If you have questions regarding this Policy or concerns about how your Personal Information is handled, please contact privacy@grindr.com.