Twitter Rolls Out New Data Controls And Updates Its Privacy Policy

How Twitter’s New Transparency Tools May Affect Your Paid Posts		
 
        
         05/18/2017             By Ian James Wright

How Twitter’s New Transparency Tools May Affect Your Paid Posts 05/18/2017 By Ian James Wright

This week, Twitter updated its privacy policy to collect more data about the habits of its users.

This will show you all of the information about you that Twitter has calculated based on your profile and activity.

You can review your personal settings (we suggest you do that ASAP), right here.

If you've used Twitter recently, you might have noticed a large pop-up informing you that the 140-character social network has updated its privacy policy.

On your mobile app, go to "Settings and privacy", "Privacy and safety", and then "Personalisation and data". Twitter has already explained that above, but it is probably worth checking your privacy settings where you will find that you can disable some relevant stuff, including: "Twitter always uses some information, like where you signed up and your current location, to help show you more relevant content".

If you've ignored this message, we recommend you visit your Twitter profile's Settings section and look under "Privacy and settings" for an option named "Personalization and Data".

Which privacy settings should I change?

What would Twitter advertise to me based on this, novelty ties or DVDs of Full House? Twitter has also expanded how it uses and stores data from other Web sites, which integrate Twitter content like embedded Tweets. Twitter has discontinued support of the "Do Not Track" browser preference that allowed users to opt out of cross-site tracking on websites.

Scarily, Twitter's advertisers even guess how many children you have (accurately, in the case of this reporter).

How to see what Twitter thinks it knows about you
Twitter gives users more control

Ten days' worth of browsing info is already enough for Twitter to have figured out lots of things about me.

Since 2012, Twitter had agreed to honor Do Not Track, or DNT. But then you can click on interests from Twitter, and interests from partners-which is where this gets really interesting.

Jules Polonetsky, CEO of the Future of Privacy Forum, an industry-sponsored think tank in Washington said that Twitter plans to expand the group of people it can track through these changes.

As amusing as it was when Twitter got me wrong and told a bunch of brands to sell me dad content, there's an icky feeling that comes with realising how much Twitter got right (Twitter also predicted that Gizmodo US' space writer Rae Paoletta is into "drama" and "space and astronomy", which she confirms is extremely accurate). The implied understanding is that they will make money off you by showing you ads.

The changes to Twitter will become effective on June 18.

Do Not Track is an unofficial standard supported by most browsers and respected by a few websites.

Tweet often? If so, there's a fat chance that Twitter knows an terrible lot about you, your interests and even your lofty aspirations. Twitter will be able to share nonpersonal device level data, a post said.