Whilst the first approach didn’t provide enough proof to link the images to a specific source, the latter gave us a promising hint about the original source of the data.
Finally, this thread allowed us to obtain compelling evidence about the origin of the profile batch we bought.
In May 2017 artist Joana Moll and Tactical Tech purchased 1 million online dating profiles for 136€ from USDate, a US-based company that trades in dating profiles from all over the globe.
This project attempts to make parts of that network, and how it works, visible to everyone. Exchanging and purchasing online dating profiles is common practice within the online dating industry.
Thus, if a user has a Tinder account, his or her profile might be shared with Ok Cupid, Meetic, Match and dozens of other undisclosed services belonging to Match Group., a leading US internet and media company.