Twitter is collecting browsing history but not from European users

Ahead of GDPR, Twitter updated the Terms of Service. Damien Kieran, Data Protection Officer at Twitter, says that the new terms are now visually clear and easy to use.

According to the terms, Twitter not collecting browser history from the users on websites integrating Twitter content such as embedded timelines or Tweet buttons. Twitter says that is using this information “to better understand the use of services” and that is not associating the “web browsing history with your name, email address, phone number, or username.” Also all the data is aggregated no longer than 30 days. Twitter clarifies that doesn´t “collect this data from browsers that we believe to be located in the European Union or EFTA States.” In Belgium, this year, Facebook was ordered to stop collecting user data, by a national court.

The clarifications of data collection are being implemented due to the new EU GDPR. In breach of GDPR, companies can be fined up to 4% of annual global turnover or €20 Million (whichever is greater).

Twitter, on May 25th, will bring European users to the individual Settings and Privacy section, where users will be asked to review the key current settings. Users will be able to “leave them all as they are, modify each, and learn more about any of the individual settings before making a change – the choice is entirely in your hands,” wrote Twitter´s DPO.

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