Grindr Sets Off Privacy Firestorm After Sharing Users’ H.I.V.-Status Data

Grindr Sets Off Privacy Firestorm After Sharing Users’ H.I.V.-Status Data Photo Grindr, which recently announced changes to its software to urge users to get frequent H.I.V. tests, said it would stop sharing H.I.V. data with outside companies. Credit Grindr Grindr, the social network aimed at gay, bisexual and transgender men, is facing a firestorm of criticism for sharing users’ H.I.V. status, sexual tastes and other intimate personal details with outside software vendors.
The data sharing, made public by European researchers on Saturday and reported by BuzzFeed on Monday, set off an outcry from many users. By Monday night, the company said it would stop sharing H.I.V. data with outside companies.
The criticism of the company continued on Tuesday, with officials in Europe and the United States joining in. A consumer group in Norway filed a formal complaint with the country’s data protection agency, accusing the company of breaching European and Norwegian laws. Two United States senato..

Arnold Schwarzenegger reminds people about PPI deadline in FCA's latest campaign

Often-useless insurance was packaged with products that people may not expect such as car finance and store cards, watchdog says
An animatronic Arnold Schwarzenegger will grace UK television screens from Wednesday, reprising one of the all-action hero’s less critically acclaimed roles.
In the advert, the muscle-bound Hollywood star’s disembodied head, which is attached to tank tracks, emerges from a shopping basket to remind people of the 29 August deadline for claiming compensation for mis-sold payment protection insurance (PPI).
The unusual ad is the second time that Arnie has been enlisted to front a campaign by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). The watchdog wants to make sure consumers are aware that PPI was often tacked on to a wide range of products, not just loans.
Read more Banks are partly to blame for Ombudsman PPI mistakes The often-useless and frequently overpriced insurance was packaged with car finance, credit cards, catalogue credit, store cards and mortgag..

Metropolitan Diary: New Friends Upstairs

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New Friends Upstairs

Dear Diary:
When we first moved to New York 11 years ago, it was into a lovely, and affordable, duplex in Fort Greene.
One evening after we had lived there for a few months, we found a bottle of wine by the door with a note that said, “Sorry for the noise. Enjoy the wine! Your new neighbors from upstairs.”
We didn’t realize someone had moved in, but we loved the gesture and decided we had to share the bottle.
We went upstairs, knocked on the door and met a lovely young couple. She was studying for a master’s degree in psychology and he was an illustrator for magazines. They accepted our invitation to join us downstairs.

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I only had peanuts to offer as a snack, and I placed a large bowl on the coffee table in front of them. I noticed they didn’t touch it the whole evening.

About a year later they moved to another part of Brooklyn, to a larger place where they could start and raise ..