On Monday afternoon Twitter disclosed a privacy bug which has shared the location data of some iOS devices, even if they did not have its location feature turned on. Twitter has notified the affected users about the bug. Affected users had more than one Twitter account on iOS and chosen to share their precise location using the optional feature in one account.
“We have fixed this problem and are working hard to make sure it does not happen again,” Twitter said in its statement. “We have also communicated with the people whose accounts were impacted to let them know the bug has been fixed.”
The company further said it might have mistakenly collected the data for other account or accounts on the same mobile device, even though the accounts were not similarly opted into location data sharing. Twitter didn’t reveal how long the privacy bug had existed or how many users have been affected by this.
“We’re very sorry this happened. We recognize and appreciate the trust you place in us and are committed to earning that trust every day,” Twitter said in its Monday statement.
However, the information was shared between the real-time bidding process with an unnamed Twitter partner. It precisely means they have accessed the unauthorized location data, plus the company claimed none of the data was accurate because the information was only a fuzzed zip code or city.
Those people who worried about their location information being disclosed, Twitter assured users that the person receiving the information didn’t receive their Twitter handle or a unique account identifier. They will not be able to recognize your identity and location data would not be retained by that person, the company says.