Friday, May 19, 2017 [Tweets] [Favorites]

Twitter Abandons “Do Not Track” Privacy Protection

Twitter:

While we had hoped that our support for Do Not Track would spur industry adoption, an industry-standard approach to Do Not Track did not materialize.

Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols:

Twitter was one of the first companies to support Do Not Track (DNT), the website privacy policy. Now, Twitter is abandoning DNT and its mission to protect people from being tracked as they wander over the web.

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According to Sarah Downey, an attorney and privacy advocate, the Interactive Advertising Bureau and the Digital Advertising Alliance (DAA), which represent most online advertisers, have their own interpretation of Do Not Track: “They have said they will stop serving targeted ads but will still collect and store and monetize data.”

Nick Heer:

Like Google and Facebook, Twitter is now displaying the topics it thinks you’re interested in, how old it thinks you are, and what languages it thinks you speak — apparently, I speak Estonian and Portuguese. Twitter goes one step further and allows you to request a list of which advertisers are currently targeting your profile. As of writing, 874 advertisers have included my personal account in over two thousand of their audience lists, while 102 have for the Pixel Envy auto-posting account.

1 Comment

"Twitter goes one step further and allows you to request a list of which advertisers are currently targeting your profile."

That's actually a pretty cool transparency move.

And the Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols piece was interesting to me. I didn't realize Twitter had being going beyond industry standard practices in being good guys about protecting their users.

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