What Twitter's privacy changes mean for you

What Twitter's privacy changes mean for you

What Twitter's privacy changes mean for you

With the changes, Twitter expands the pool of people it can track and lets the company collect more data about those people when they are visiting sites around the web, said Jules Polonetsky, CEO of the Future of Privacy Forum, an industry-backed think tank in Washington. Under this you'll see "Personalization and Data".

If you go to the "Your Twitter data" section of your account settings, you'll see there's a lot of information there about your activity and how you're being advertised to. There are also lists of the various interest categories that Twitter thinks suit you, and categories that third-party advertisers think you're interested in. We're going to explain how to lock down your Twitter account and restrict the amount of data it can collect on you.

"We do not store webpage visit data for users who are in the European Union and EFTA states", Twitter confirmed. If you like, you can leave them all active, which is the default, or you can uncheck every box and turn it all off. Basically, whenever you click on a link that is embedded in a tweet, that data gets stored by Twitter to make suggestions based on those selections.

Back in 2012, Twitter made a decision to honor Do Not Track, which is basically an honor system for web tracking.

This includes gender and age, devices and browsers you have logged in from, the places you have logged in from, and apps Twitter has "collected" from your devices.

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Twitter is no longer supporting Do Not Track, which you could enable in most browsers to stop advertisers from tracking your browsing history.

It's no surprise-DNT has turned out to be a silly system and an unrealistic idea. Finally, Twitter has also expanded the "Your Twitter Data" feature to include demographic and interest data, and advertisers that have included the user in their tailored audiences. The feature was created to allow anyone who used it to keep advertisers from tracking browser histories.

For those who don't want Twitter snooping on the websites they visit, there is a way to switch off the tracking. Previously, Twitter saved that data for 10 days, but will now keep it for 30.

There has been a recent trend to give users more control over their data and to provide better insight into what is known about the user plus controls to modify what is held and if it is used for this ad targeting. So if you don't want that information shared, definitely make sure you update that "Personalization and Data" portion of your profile.

Data sharing: Twitter has updated how it shares non-personal, aggregated, and device-level data, including through some select partnership agreements.

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