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Twitter now tracks all apps installed on your phone

Last Wednesday Twitter announced that it would join Facebook and Google in using its smart phone app to track all apps you have installed on your smart phone, and use that information ‘so we can deliver tailored content that you might be interested in.’

In other words, so that it can find out as much as it can about you, in order to deliver ever more personalized ads. Twitter was however keen to reassure users that,

We are only collecting the list of applications you have installed. We are not collecting any data within the applications.

iOS users who have previously opted out of interest-based ads by turning on the ‘Limit Ad Tracking’ option are by default excluded from this data collection, but all other users not happy with this information being harvested must manually opt-out. This can be done:

Using Twitter for Android:

  1. Tap the overflow icon
  2. Tap Settings.
  3. Tap the account you’d like to adjust.
  4. Under Other, you can adjust the setting to Tailor Twitter based on my apps.

Using Twitter for iOS:

  1. From the Me tab, tap the gear icon
  2. Tap Settings.
  3. Tap the account you’d like to adjust.
  4. Under Privacy, you can adjust the setting to Tailor Twitter based on my apps.

 


Douglas Crawford I am a freelance writer, technology enthusiast, and lover of life who enjoys spinning words and sharing knowledge for a living. Find me on Google+

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