Twitter publishes changes to their Privacy Policy

Julia Claire Campbell Privacy, Social Media, Twitter Leave a Comment

By far the number one question and comment I get in presentations and in meetings with clients revolves about privacy concerns.

Privacy concerns on social media are very real and understanding the specific privacy settings and protocols on each social network you use is paramount.

Today I received an email from Twitter about their updated Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.

They highlighted a few of the main changes with helpful links to more information. The email read:

  • We’ve provided more details about the information we collect and how we use it to deliver our services and to improve Twitter. One example: our new tailored suggestions feature, which is based on your recent visits to websites that integrate Twitter buttons or widgets, is an experiment that we’re beginning to roll out to some users in a number of countries. Learn more here.
  • We’ve noted the many ways you can set your preferences to limit, modify or remove the information we collect. For example, we now support the Do Not Track (DNT) browser setting, which stops the collection of information used for tailored suggestions.
  • We’ve clarified the limited circumstances in which your information may be shared with others (for example, when you’ve given us permission to do so, or when the data itself is not private or personal). Importantly, our privacy policy is not intended to limit your rights to object to a third party’s request for your information.

I appreciate this transparency, especially in the wake of Facebook’s IPO and it’s reluctance to provide detailed information on how it collects and uses user data.

It is critical to pay attention to such emails and information, especially for those of us who want to protect our information. You have rights on social media – know them!

How do you protect your privacy on your social networks? Any feedback, recommendations or advice? Please post in the Comments section. Thanks for reading! 

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