Twitter in Europe

Although it may not be the most popular social media app, Twitter is one of the social media sites that I find myself using most frequently.  According to Twitter’s Privacy Policy as well as their Terms of Service, if you live in the United States and are using Twitter, their services will be provided by Twitter, Inc. located in San Francisco, California under United States law.  But, there was a privacy update within the past year for users outside of the United States. The new setting states “If you live outside the United States, our services are now provided to you by Twitter International Company, our company based in Dublin, Ireland. Twitter International Company will be responsible for handling your account information under Irish privacy and data protection law, which is based on the European Union’s Data Protection Directive.”

By updating their privacy settings, this is going to to potentially “give users more control over their data and change the way tech companies including Facebook, Google and Twitter handle information,” according to an article from Mashable. The article, written by Seth Fiegerman, states that there has been tension over U.S. tech companies who collect data from European users, but handle said data in the United States.  “Twitter’s shift to a more lenient European country could be viewed as a preemptive move as the European Union is reportedly working on a bill that would strengthen its data protection restrictions on U.S. companies,” Fiegerman states. I think that the EU distinguishing it’s own privacy settings for an app like Twitter is smart, it helps to give users more control over their own data.

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