There's a new website that allows users to see if their partners, significant others, or what-have-yous are cheating on them using the dating app Tinder. The website, called Swipe Buster, claims to be able to find anyone's Tinder profile if you provide their first name, the city in which they last used Tinder, and a $4.99 fee. It shows you all the profiles of people that match your criteria, and if your person is there, gotcha! And also, booooo. Jerk.
Apparently, the creator of the website (a software marketing employee who wishes to remain anonymous) originally designed it for a different purpose altogether—to show people how much of their personal information is available online, and just how easy it is for that information to be located. He told Vanity Fair:
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.
He wants to raise awareness of how much data can be quickly mined from any website with a public A.P.I. (applicable programming interface) like Tinder's. Anyone who understands the code can get your data will little effort. In the same Vanity Fair interview, he said: