Twitter may have shared your data with third party partners without permission

Shawn Knight

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Twitter this week revealed that it may have shared data about you to third party advertising and measurement partners without permission.

In the event you clicked an ad for a mobile app and interacted with said mobile app since May 2018, Twitter may have shared information including your country code, if you engaged with the ad, when you did so and data about the ad without your express permission.

Twitter in a related matter said that since September 2018, it might have also shown you ads based on conclusions reached about the devices you use. The microblogging platform said the data stayed within Twitter and didn’t contain material like e-mail addresses or passwords but still, it happened without consent.

The company said it fixed the issues on August 5 and is still investigating how many users were impacted. “If we discover more information that is useful we will share it,” Twitter added.

Masthead credit: Twitter logo by Tero Vesalainen

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"“If we discover more information that is useful we will share it."

Well, then I guess we won't be hearing anything more since the info would only be useful to lawyers and the authorities.


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Anyone taken by surprise?

All social media companies, whether they admit it or not, sell your freely provided info to the highest bidder and you don't see a dime of it. It's a fact of life. Everything these days is shared and sold, then shared again and sold again, in a less benevolent way from how sharing worked in the late 90s early 2000s (Napster comes to mind).