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Twitter Introduces 'Creepy' New Privacy Settings, Auto Location Tracking

Twitter Introduces 'Creepy' New Privacy Settings, Auto Location Tracking

Users in Europe will be able to retain more of their privacy.

The company claims that sharing the data will lead to a more "personalised" experience. The company may now receive log data, including the web address the user was viewing, which can be used as a signal for a user's interests in order to personalise ads and other content - though Twitter says it will "never associate this web browsing history with your name, email address, phone number, or Twitter handle, and we delete, obfuscate, or aggregate it after no longer than 30 days". Unfortunately, if you ignored the message that alerts you of these new privacy policy, all these settings will be turned on by default, so make sure to access this page and customize your preferences.

Twitter has unveiled a new update created to better personalise the ads you see when using the social network.

Twitter's personalization and data settings.

This will show you all of the information about you that Twitter has calculated based on your profile and activity. If you later visit the site promoted, the site can read that cookie and note that you saw the ad.




'For example, if you regularly visit birdwatching websites, we might suggest accounts that frequently Tweet about that topic, or show you ads for binoculars or birdfeeders'. This technology allows users to opt-out from being tracked by third-party services on websites they do not directly visit.

In Twitter for the Web, go to Settings Privacy and safety Personalization and Data. Users can turn off both of the above in their Personalisation and Data settings, and Twitter has also added a section for personalisation across devices, enabling users to stop Twitter from using information from other devices where they have logged in. I have to admit, as I was preparing this gallery of images for these new settings, I was surprised at just how much data Twitter had on me, the apps on my devices, and how widely that data was amongst various Twitter advertisers and partners.

You can also request to see a list of advertisers who have categorized you into various groups, as well as see how many groups you're in.

'We are committed to offering you meaningful privacy choices, ' the company said.


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