[BBC] Tinder investigates after 40,000 profile pics snatched
Article Summary Wrote:Tinder investigates after 40,000 profile pics snatched
The dataset contained 40,000 images - half of which were of men, half of women - but it is now offline.

Stuart Colianni wrote a program to compile the cache of photos, intending to use them for machine learning research.

Tinder accused Mr Colianni of violating its terms of service.

Tech news site TechCrunch reported that the dataset originally contained many thousands of pictures from Tinder users in the Bay Area, around San Francisco in California.

Some users had "Multiple" photos scraped from their profiles, TechCrunch added.

"Tinder gives you access to thousands of people within miles of you," wrote Mr Colianni on a web page that previously linked to the data.

He explained that he was looking for a way of gathering more detailed data on human faces, adding, "Why not leverage Tinder to build a better, larger facial dataset?".

He had added folders containing the photos to Kaggle, a Google-run service that allows programmers to experiment with artificial intelligence progams.

"I have spoken with representatives at Kaggle, and they have received a request from Tinder to remove the dataset," he explained.

Tinder said it continued to implement measures "Against the automated use" of its API, including steps "To deter and prevent scraping".

"This person has violated our terms of service and we are taking appropriate action and investigating further," the statement added.

"People do like to keep their dating and work life separate - but if you use the same photo on Tinder and LinkedIn, those things could get linked together," he told the BBC.
Tinder shouldn't investigate shit. They can be glad people are doing their work.

Anyway, I just found out about Kaggle because of this. Looks interesting, just signed up.

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