The data protection office of Baden-Württemberg has announced that a joint examination of 21 companies conducted by Berlin, Hamburg, Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg has found that online dating portals often fail to meet data protection requirements. However, the data protection office, did not find any severe shortcomings which would justify a prohibition order against the companies in question. The respective companies have been informed and have been asked to correct their shortcomings. The data protection office advised users to be cautious in disclosing intimate personal data such as smoking or drinking habits, weight, religion, fitness level or erotic preferences.
Press release (pdf) (in German)