Twitter Ticks Off a Bunch of Users with New Privacy Policy Update

If you haven't gone on Twitter just yet, the next time you'll access the social network you'll see a fullscreen overlay informing you of upcoming privacy policy updates, and offering a way to edit those settings before the new privacy policy comes into effect on June 18.

Also of note is the fact that, despite making a big deal about it years ago, Twitter will no longer support the Do Not Track browser setting moving forward.

Twitter also has a new Your Data section that lets you see the demographic, geographic and other ad-targeting data it has collected about you.

The new Privacy Policy and data controls will be rolling out in the coming days, according to Twitter.

"For example, if you visit websites with sports content on your laptop, you can use this setting to help control whether we show you sports-related ads on Twitter for Android or iOS", Twitter said.

To see which interests Twitter thinks you have, go to Settings - "Your Twitter data". On the app, scroll to the bottom of the Personalization and data page in settings and tap See your Twitter data.

You can also select whether or not you want the company to track where you see Twitter content across the web, or share your private data with its partners.

Twitter dropping Do Not Track support is ironic because the company was one of its main supporters a few years back when Do Not Track launched. Twitter is able to monitor any website you visit when you're logged in to Twitter and visiting a site with a Twitter button or an embedded tweet. This technology allows users to opt-out from being tracked by third-party services on websites they do not directly visit.

This information will now be stored for 30 days, whereas previously Twitter only retained data for 10 days. This "non-personal, aggregated, or device-level information" again does not include the user's name, contact details or Twitter handle.

This will take you through to your "Personalisation and data" settings, allowing you to control how Twitter collects and uses your information. Twitter, however, points out that the data will be shared through some select partnership agreements "only when a user gives consent to those partners".

  • Carolyn Briggs