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when I use grinder I'm usually looking for a meaningful connection the Chinese owners of grinder are seeking to sell the popular gay dating app after a U. S. government National Security battle raised concerns about its ownership sources exclusively told Reuters that the committee on foreign investment in the United States or the CFI US has informed Beijing Pune tech that its ownership of California based Grindr constitutes a national security risk well the CFI US did not reveal specific concerns the panel has been increasingly scrutinizing app developers over the safety of personal data the handle is specially if some of it involves US military or intelligence personnel grinder with twenty seven million users describes itself as the world's largest social networking apps for the LGBTQ community it collects user information including a person's location messages and in some cases even their HIV status %HESITATION known a choir a majority stake in grinder in two thousand and sixteen for ninety three million dollars it bought out the remainder of the company in two thousand and eighteen last August Kuehne said it was preparing for an initial public offering of grinder but sources say as a result of intervention by see if I. U. S. it has now shifted its focus to an auction to sell grinder outright in the last two years the CFI U. S. has been busy scrutinizing foreign deals it blocked recent takeovers of US payment company money Gramm and more by marketing firm apple of in by Chinese bidders kun representatives did not respond to requests for comment a spokesman for the US treasury department which shares CFIUS said the panel does not comment publicly on individual cases