On Monday, Twitter revealed that an error in platform allowed a company partner to access location data for a single user account. The error affected only iOS users whom the company hastened to update.
According to information, the users affected more than one account. Twitter somehow gathered user location information, even though users had not chosen to share their location.
After collecting the information, they were shared with a Twitter partner. This means that the partner could see where all these users are. However, the social networking platform claims that the exact location, but the postal code or the city was not mentioned.
Therefore, someone could not use this data to track the victim's movements or learn the exact address.
Twitter also confirms that its partner could not link the sites he saw to specific people. Only location data and no other element of the user account were available. "Nobody could learn it ID card you, "said Twitter. "Moreover, the data was not owned by the partner".
In its official announcement, the company says it is confirmed that the location data stayed on their systems for only a short period of time. They were then deleted as specified in the procedure. He continues: "We have solved this problem and we are working hard to make sure it will not happen again."
After the incident, Twitter briefed the people, whose accounts have been affected, to tell them that the problem has been addressed. He even asks the users themselves to check that everything is good.
Twitter did not explain exactly how this error occurred and how long the user's location data was shared. He also did not mention the name of the partner. As the platform said, it does not intend to disclose this information.
Twitter has enabled users to complete one Contact Form and get in touch with the Platform's Privacy Officer if they want to ask questions about the incident.