Does Twitter have your permission to share data with ad partners?

Twitter recently revealed that they may have shared certain data of their users with third parties without taking consent. The micro-blogging network announced their findings in an official blog post on Tuesday.

According to the company, Twitteratis who clicked or viewed an ad for a mobile app since May 2018 might have shared some data with their third-party measurement and advertising partners. Twitter says that the data that has been unintentionally shared includes the user’s country code, information about the ads, and how they engaged with the specific advertisement.

Twitter also disclosed that the company might also be serving targeted ads according to the user’s interest that is determined by tracking their overall internet use – without the user’s consent to tracking.

Since the past few years, tech companies have been facing a lot of scrutiny regarding how they handle user’s data. Although the main target for the inquiries has always been Facebook – seems like Twitter is also collecting user’s data and perhaps mishandling them as well.

Nevertheless, Twitter has always been transparent about how it collects, uses, and shares the data of its users. The company has also updated its privacy policy just last year before the GDPR came into effect.

Twitter claims that all the bugs have been fixed on August 5. However, it did not reveal the date when the company actually found the issues on their platform.

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