Facebook dating launched in 32 European countries after a delay in February

Facebook announced on Wednesday that it is launching its dating service in 32 European countries after its rollout was delayed earlier this year due to regulatory concerns.

The social media company postponed the launch of Facebook dating in Europe in February after the Irish Data Protection Commissioner (DPC), the main regulator in the European Union for a number of the world’s largest tech companies, including Facebook, raised concerns.

The DPC had said it had announced the February 13 start date on February 3 and was very concerned that it would be informed at such short notice.

There was also no documentation on data protection impact assessments or decision-making processes carried out by Facebook.

Facebook Dating, a dedicated opt-in area within the Facebook app, was launched in the United States last September. It is currently available in 20 other countries.

In one blog entry Facebook Dating product manager Kate Orseth said Wednesday that users can create a dating profile and delete it at any time without deleting their Facebook accounts.

The first names and ages of the users on their dating profiles are taken from their Facebook profiles and cannot be edited on the dating service, Orseth said. Users’ last names are not shown and they can choose to share information about their profiles with other people.

© Thomson Reuters 2020

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