Facebook Dating delayed after row with regulator

Three men spray-paint a Facebook dating advert which reads "I Really (Facebook like icon) you"Image copyright Getty Images

Facebook has delayed the launch of its new courting function in Europe, after a last-minute go to by officers from the Irish Data Protection Commission (DPC).

The DPC stated it had been informed in regards to the function simply 10 days forward of the deliberate launch and “no information or documentation was provided to us”.

“We were very concerned that this was the first that we’d heard,” it stated.

Officers had gathered paperwork throughout Monday’s inspection of Facebook’s EU headquarters, in Dublin, the DPC stated.

The move additionally impacts the UK market, which is certain to EU rules in the course of the post-Brexit transition interval this yr.

Facebook, nonetheless, stated it had accomplished the mandatory paperwork and shared it when requested.

“It’s really important that we get the launch of Facebook Dating right, so we are taking a bit more time to make sure the product is ready for the European market,” a consultant stated.

“We worked carefully to create strong privacy safeguards and complete the data-processing impact assessment ahead of the proposed launch in Europe, which we shared with the [regulator] when it was requested.”

No new date has been set for the roll-out.

What is Facebook Dating?

Facebook Dating launched within the US in September as a part of the present Facebook cellphone app.

The function, a possible competitor to courting big Tinder, makes use of Facebook’s knowledge on an individual to indicate frequent mates and pursuits on their courting profile.

It may pull in posts from Instagram – a Facebook-owned firm. Other courting apps – resembling Tinder and Bumble – may use Facebook login options to construct the consumer’s profile.

Image copyright Facebook

Because Facebook already had loads of details about individuals’s lives, the corporate stated, it had made particular efforts to make sure security, safety and privateness.

Unlike Facebook Messenger, pictures, movies, and hyperlinks can’t be despatched by means of the courting messaging service.

It can be accessible to over-18s solely and doesn’t – until requested – attempt to match customers with their current Facebook mates.

The app has been accessible in chosen international locations for lower than half a yr, trying to wrest among the market share from leaders Tinder and Bumble, every of which has tens of hundreds of thousands of customers.