Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) is forcing Chinese gaming company, Beijing Kunlun Tech, to unwind its acquisition of Grindr because the sensitive nature of the apps' data could pose a national security risk. 

Touted as the world's largest social networking app for bay, bi, trans, and queer people, Grindr has access to highly sensitive user data, including sexual preferences, geolocation, and HIV status. Personal information of this nature can be exploited and used for blackmail or even cyber espionage.

Companies collecting sensitive, personal information owe it to their customers and, our country for that matter, to be unwaveringly diligent in keeping data safe from adversaries. The potential nefarious outcomes of this type of information getting into the wrong hands is worrisome. 

"Data is the new frontier in espionage and exploitation of weaknesses, whether they be those of individuals or institutions," says Brett Bruen, the former director of global engagement in the Obama White House who now runs the consulting firm Global Situation Room. "Any tech company, whether it's an LGBTQ dating app or a shopping site, is a target rich environment.”