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Twitter Admit Phone Number Meant For Security Used For Advertisement

Twitter
on Tuesday act contrite after “unintentionally” using phone numbers and email
addresses for advertising even though personal data was provided for account
security.



Twitter users’ phone numbers
and email addresses that have been submitted to allow for account verification
were being matched with advertiser’s own data to enable targeted ads.



“When you provided an email
address or phone number for safety or security purposes this data may have unintentionally
been used for advertising purposes,” Twitter said in an online post.

“This was an error and we
apologize.”

None of the user data was
shared with partners outside the company, and it was unclear how many people
were affected, the San Francisco-based company said.

The issue was fixed in
mid-September, Twitter said.

“We’re very sorry this happened
and are taking steps to make sure we don’t make a mistake like this again,”
Twitter said.

Privacy and internet data are
hot political topics worldwide, with tech giants such as Twitter and Facebook
in the
cross-hairs of regulators.

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