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If you're on Tinder, there's now a site that can spy on you

Swipe Buster allows people to search for anyone using Tinder for less than a fiver.

Image: AP Photo/Jenny Barchfield

TINDER HAS ANOTHER problem to deal with thanks to a site which can let you see if someone is using it.

Swipe Buster allows you to search for anyone using the service provided you have the right details. It requires you to enter in a person’s first name, age, and closest possible location so it can pick out the right person.

Once you paid the $5 (€4.40) fee and signed in, you’re able to search for them and see if they appear on the list.

When they do, you’ll be able to see their photos, whether they’re interested in men or women and the last time they were online.

SB-Anim Source: Swipebuster

The site was created from Tinder’s API and public database. Both make it easy for anyone with a good knowledge of computer programming to develop apps or programs that plug in to the service.

Perhaps ironically, the creator of the site wishes to remain anonymous and told Vanity Fair that he wanted to highlight just how much information we share online without realising it.

There is too much data about people that people themselves don’t know is available. Not only are people oversharing and putting out a lot of information about themselves, but companies are also not doing enough to let people know they’re doing it.

That hasn’t stopped people from expressing concerns about the site and its wider implications.

Tinder has had to deal with some bad publicity moments, mostly self-inflicted in recent months. Late last year, its CEO Sean Rad got into trouble with Tinder’s parent company, Match, for giving out incorrect figures about the number of users it had.

He also took part in a car-crash interview where he claimed he turned down sex with a “really famous” model and ended up confusing ‘sodomy’ with ‘sapiosexual’.

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