Social media giant, Twitter accidentally shared the location data of some iOS users. The company itself recognizes this problem and published a blog post regarding this issue. In the blog post, Twitter said that this misfortune happened due to a bug found in the Twitter app on iOS which has collected location data of some users and shared with one of the trusted partners of the company.
“We have discovered that we were inadvertently collecting and sharing iOS location data with one of our trusted partners in certain circumstances,” the company said.
According to the shared blog post, this bug only affected those iOS users who use dual twitter accounts on their phones. In case, if the user gives location permission to any one of the accounts, the setting will automatically reflect on the second account too even if the user didn’t allow location permit to that second account. This all misconception leads to this location data shared with others.
Due to a bug in Twitter for iOS, we inadvertently collected and shared location data (at the zip code or city level). We have fixed the bug, but we wanted to make sure we shared more of the context around this with you. More here: https://t.co/n04LNt62Sa
— Twitter Support (@TwitterSupport) May 13, 2019
However, Twitter noted that the precise location data was shared only with a trusted partner for purposes of serving ads through a process called real-time bidding. The advertisers, however, only received “fuzzed” version of location data, which was “was no more precise than zip code or city (5km squared).”
“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,” the company stated on the help site.
However, Twitter didn’t reveal the actual time of data sharing in its blog post. But it said that they have informed the impacted users, and urged users to revisit their privacy settings and review their setting.
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