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Tech & Science Twitter used phone numbers provided for security to target ads

12:22  09 october  2019
12:22  09 october  2019 Source:   theverge.com

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On Tuesday, Twitter announced that it “unintentionally” used phone numbers and email addresses for advertising purposes even though the information was provided by users for As of September 17th, phone numbers and email addresses are now only collected for security purposes, Twitter said.

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  Twitter used phone numbers provided for security to target ads © Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge On Tuesday, Twitter announced that it “unintentionally” used phone numbers and email addresses for advertising purposes even though the information was provided by users for two-factor authentication.

According to Twitter, no personal data was shared with the company’s third-party partners, and the “issue that allowed this to occur” has been addressed. As of September 17th, phone numbers and email addresses are now only collected for security purposes, Twitter said.

“We cannot say with certainty how many people were impacted by this,” Twitter said in a blog post disclosing the security mishap. “We’re very sorry this happened and are taking steps to make sure we don’t make a mistake like this again.”

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Facebook has confirmed it uses phone numbers , provided to them by security -conscious users for two-factor authentication on their accounts, to target the same individuals “We use the information people provide to offer a better, more personalised experience on Facebook, including ads ,” a.

Facebook has confirmed it uses phone numbers , provided to them by security -conscious users for two-factor authentication on their accounts, to target the same individuals “We use the information people provide to offer a better, more personalised experience on Facebook, including ads ,” a

Over the past year, Facebook has taken the brunt of criticism over its privacy malpractices, but Twitter has been embroiled in its own controversies over how it handles the privacy of its users. Just last month, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey’s account was compromised after hackers were able to tweet racial slurs via text message.

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In May 2018, Twitter advised its users, all 330 million of them, to change their passwords after a bug was discovered that exposed them in plain text. Twitter said at the time that no information was breached or misused.

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That’s in line with last year’s update, despite iOS 13’s many bugsThe numbers look even better — vis a vis Android — when you take into account that most other phones are running iOS 12. Of all iPhones currently accessing the App Store, which is how Apple checks these numbers, 41 percent are using iOS 12 and just 9 percent are using an earlier mobile OS. For devices four years old and younger, 38 percent are running iOS 12 and just 7 percent are running an older OS. For iPadOS, the numbers are slightly lower, with 33 percent of all iPads running the new OS and 41 percent of newer iPads running it.

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