Twitter Privacy Gets Thrust into Spotlight as iOS User Data Is Leaked
Twitter leaked iOS location data to partners as a result of a bug. The issue has since been fixed. | Source: Shutterstock
By CCN: If we were given a dollar every time a tech behemoth “inadvertently” shared our data, we’d be as rich as their CEOs. Twitter is the latest to fess up about an oopsie, drawing more attention and questions about this disturbing trend among tech giants.
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
Before the fix, the bug was collecting and sharing users’ location data. As noted by Engadget, the bug affected people who were logged into more than one account on Twitter’s iOS app.
People who had activated the precise location feature on the app were particularly vulnerable. Worse, if users activated the feature on one account and not the other, Twitter’s bug didn’t discriminate. It allowed Twitter to collect location data from the other account, too.
But for Twitter employees who discovered the bug, it would still be wreaking havoc.
Twitter Ad Partners Cited As Possible Culprit
Twitter tried to kill the bug by pulling location data from the information it sends to one of its advertising partners, but that didn’t work as planned, according to Engadget. It found that precise location data was not revealed. That’s because it was masked by Twitter down to a 5 kilometer-squared area.