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Twitter reveals bugs that share user location data with partners

TEMPO.CO, Jakarta – Twitter reveals errors that, under certain circumstances, cause account location information to be shared with Twitter partners. Even if the user has not chosen to share that data, as reported by the page Tech crunch, recently.

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This bug only affects part of Twitter on iOS users. In general, involved users have more than one Twitter account on iOS and have chosen to share their location correctly using optional features in one account.

"We may also accidentally collect location data for another account or account on the same mobile device, even if those accounts do not share location data," a Twitter spokesperson said.

This information is then shared with unnamed Twitter partners, which means that they receive invalid location data. Twitter notes that none of the data being shared is the correct location data because the data has been changed to ZIP or city code only.

That is, data cannot be used to determine an address or to properly map user movements. Twitter assures affected users that partners who receive location data do not accept account IDs, so they cannot determine the identity of the user.

"We have confirmed to our partners that location data has not been stored and has been in their systems for only a short time. It was then deleted as part of their normal process," said Twitter.

Twitter has solved the problem and ensured that it does not happen again. Twitter has also communicated with people whose accounts have been affected to let them know that bugs have been fixed.

"We invite you to check your privacy settings and ensure that you only share the information you want with us," said Twitter.

Twitter does not announce when the bug issue will be complete. Also, do not state the name of the partner who owns the data, or explain how such errors appear.


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