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We can’t leave Grindr under Chinese control (washingtonpost.com)
14 points by koolba 71 days ago | hide | past | web | favorite | 3 comments

Gotta give the article credit for the interesting perspective. This is something that I've had to deal with on a personal scale when getting clearance but I would have never thought about it like this on a national scale. A data-set containing information that could be readily used to blackmail US citizens being in the hands of foreign governments is exactly the kind of thing that keeps our government up at night.

How can the US tell a Chinese company they need to sell something?

As far as I can tell this was an entirely legitimate business transaction. It is now up to the users to determine if they want to stay with the platform.

Besides, the best way to mitigate this risk is societal change. How would the average person go if their porn viewing history was public knowledge? Poorly, I bet. Perhaps we should "simply" stop judging each other's sexual preferences so harshly. (I realise this is a tall order)

Congress can pass laws that do this. For example, there are laws limiting foreign ownership of TV stations.

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