Twitter has accidentally shared iOS users' location data2019-05-13 17:03 by Daniela
Tags: Twitter, iOS
Twitter today announced a bug that in certain conditions resulted in an account's location data being shared with a Twitter partner — even if the user had not opted in to sharing that data. The bug has been fixed and only affected users who were logged in to more than one account on its iOS app. They have been notified of the issue.
The advertising partner did not receive data such as user's twitter handle or other unique account ids that could have compromised identity, the company said.
"We have confirmed with our partner that the location data has not been retained and that it only existed in their systems for a short time, and was then deleted as part of their normal process," Twitter announced. "We have fixed this problem and are working hard to make sure it does not happen again. We have also communicated with the people whose accounts were impacted to let them know the bug has been fixed. We invite you to check your privacy settings to make sure you’re only sharing the data you want to with us."
The precise location feature of Twitter for iOS is a setting that Twitter says allows it to collect, store, and use your device's precise location, such as GPS information.
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