With vast amounts of personal data now stored online by governments, insurance companies and employers, it is not just dating site users that are at risk.
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Millions of Australians have online dating profiles, but it is unclear how secure some of their most intimate data is.
Lateline contacted about 10 internet dating agencies operating in Australia to ask about security protocols but only three responded.
The requests were made after the dating site Ashley Madison, which specialises in facilitating affairs, fell victim to hackers.
A group called Impact Team claims to have stolen the private details of the site's 30 million users, including one million Australians, although so far they have only released the details of two customers and there are reports the attack may have come from the inside. In May another online service called Adult Friend Finder was hacked and more than three million users had their sexual preferences and fantasies made public.
Following the 2013 hack of Queensland-based dating service Cupid Media, Australia's privacy commissioner last year recommended such sites should encrypt passwords, delete old information and conduct regular scans for vulnerabilities.
Both said their sites were HTTPS — in other words, things like logins and passwords were encrypted.e Harmony said it deleted all data upon request, but "data is not automatically deleted upon account closure, nor is it considered standard practice to do so".
RSVP also said data was not permanently deleted when accounts were deactivated."Data may be retained in secure back-ups, for business reporting and auditing, and for the purposes of responding to security issues such as police enquiries," the group said in a statement.
Zoosk refused to discuss its policy, saying in an email: "We take security very seriously, especially with regards to customer data, but we don't comment on our specific security implementations."There was no response from the other sites.