Twitter Makes Global Changes to Comply With Privacy Laws

Twitter is updating its global privacy policy on Monday to give the company more information about what else users can get to provide clarity on their data security efforts. The changes, effective from January 1, 2020, will comply with the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA). California law requires large businesses to give consumers more transparency and control over their personal information, such as allowing them to request that their data be deleted and their data sold to third parties.

Social media companies including Facebook and Alphabet’s Google have come under scrutiny over data privacy issues affected by Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica scandal in which personal data was harvested from millions of users without their consent.

Twitter also announced on Monday that it was transferring the accounts of users outside the United States and the European Union previously contracted by Twitter International Co. in Dublin, Ireland to San Francisco-based Twitter Inc.

The company said the move would allow testing the flexibility of different settings and controls with these users, such as additional opt-in or opt-out privacy preferences, which would likely lead to general data protection regulation (GDPR), Europe K will be restricted by landmark. Digital Privacy Law.

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“We want to experiment without the GDPR provisions running immediately,” Twitter’s data protection officer Damien Kieran told Reuters in a phone interview.

“The goal is to learn from those experiments and then provide the same experience to people around the world,” he said.

The company, which said it has upped its communication about data and security-related disclosures over the past two years, emphasized in Monday’s blog post that it worked to upgrade the system and create privacy in new products was doing.

In October, Twitter announced that it found that phone numbers and email addresses used for two-factor authentication could inadvertently be used for advertising purposes.

Twitter’s new privacy site, dubbed the ‘Twitter Privacy Center’, is part of the company’s efforts to showcase its work on data protection and will also give users another route to access and download their data.

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Twitter has joined other Internet companies that have recently held their positions before the CCPA came into effect. Last month, Microsoft said it would respect legislation across the US and Google told customers it would block individual ads to sites and applications using its advertising tools as part of CCPA compliance efforts.

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