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Does Bumble Notify the Other User When You Screenshot?

Posted by Robert Hayes on March 30, 2019

If you’re active in the online dating world, then the odds are that you’re using Bumble. Bumble is a dating, networking, and friend-finding app that built on the early success of Tinder but made one crucial change: on Bumble, after a male-female match, the woman is the one who has to initiate a conversation. This difference, small as it may seem, set Bumble apart from the other dating apps out there and probably made a major contribution to the app’s success. Some people love it and some people hate it but it really distinguishes Bumble from Tinder.

Dating apps are a curious thing. Their sole purpose is to provide a private platform for individuals to have one-on-one conversations so that they can feel out whether or not they would make a compatible couple. Dating apps are at least a partial replacement for that awkward first date where a couple strives to find things to talk about within the strained parameters of the dating social norm. By moving a lot of that ice-breaking conversation to text, which has lower thresholds for behavior and reduced consequences for mistakes, a lot of the pressure is taken off and people feel able to be a little closer to their authentic selves.

The paradox there is that the privacy intended by the dating app is often subverted by the social realities produced by our social media world. It’s easy and normal, and indeed expected, that we will share the events of our online life with our friends, coworkers, family, etc. That goes for our dating app life as well; those profiles and bio pics and intimate personal chats are often screenshotted and shared around our social circle – sometimes maliciously (“look at this lame girl who messaged me!”) but more often as part of employing the wisdom of the crowd. (“I felt like I was being needy in this conversation. Read it, tell me, was I being needy?”)

The result of this is that what we think is private very often is not private; our privacy is put into the hands of a relative stranger.

It should be understood, then, that on Bumble our privacy is pretty much an illusion. It’s not a good idea to make revealing declarations, commit embarrassing acts of courtship, or declare one’s guilt for capital crimes in chatting with a match on the site. It’s reasonable to ask, however, whether Bumble does anything to protect that veil of privacy within its terms and conditions, or in the app itself. In other words, does Bumble notify the other party when someone takes a screenshot?

In this article, I will answer that question, in the context of discussing Bumble’s privacy policy and the overall state of privacy laws in the United States.

Bumble’s privacy policy

When you sign up at Bumble, you provide them with quite a bit of information. The data that they request from you includes, but is not necessarily limited to, your name, your username/handle, your email address, your cell number, your gender identity, your date of birth, your sexual preference, your photographs, your location, and login information and friends list for your social media accounts (such as Facebook and Instagram).

Does Bumble keep that information secret? In a word, no. In the words of the Bumble privacy policy, “Where you do upload and choose to tell us sensitive information about yourself, you are explicitly consenting to our processing of your information and making this public to other users. When you post information about yourself or use the messaging function, the amount of personal information you share is at your own risk.” So post with care.

So, does Bumble notify the other party if you take a screenshot of their profile picture?

To put it simply, no it doesn’t. The only things that are kept absolutely secret on Bumble regarding your personal information are your password and financial information. (In case you used your credit card to buy one of their Boosts or otherwise subscribed to one of their premium member deals.) Everything else is pretty much considered fair game, at least for now, although things like your email address and mobile number aren’t specifically public. So, if you want to take a screenshot of someone’s profile picture and send it to a friend for a quick evaluation, knock yourself out!

What about private conversations? Will you get in trouble for screenshotting these?

That’s another resounding NO. As long as you are not taking the screenshot in order to perpetrate a fraud or other criminal act, then you can take screenshots of your personal messaging history with someone to your heart’s content.

As is the case with the pictures, bringing a friend on board to help you raise red flags and play the devil’s advocate is a valid tactic in weeding out undesirable matches, so as long as you respect everyone’s privacy on the platform, screenshotting messages is perfectly fine on Bumble!

That’d be it, folks! Taking a screenshot of content on Bumble won’t get you in trouble and Bumble does NOT notify the other party if you take a screenshot. Still, make sure to treat everyone decently, don’t ask for anyone’s credit card number and pretend to be the prince of an African country, and Bob’s your uncle – You’re bound to have plenty of fun on the platform! We hope you found this article helpful and wish you plenty of luck with your Bumble-bound exploits!

Need more information about Bumble? We’ve got tutorials on whether Bumble limits how many likes and matches you can have, whether Bumble has read receipts for messages, how to change your location in Bumble, how to change your name in Bumble, and tips on creating a solid Bumble profile.

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