Twitter Making Changes Globally to Comply With Privacy Laws

Reuters is reporting that Twitter is making changes throughout its platform in an effort to comply with privacy legislation around the world. The company is aiming to navigate the different laws and jurisdictions impacting how it collects and uses data. The European Union (EU) passed the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) last year, one of…

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Reuters is reporting that Twitter is making changes throughout its platform in an effort to comply with privacy legislation around the world.

The company is aiming to navigate the different laws and jurisdictions impacting how it collects and uses data. The European Union (EU) passed the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) last year, one of the most sweeping privacy protection laws in existence. California has its own legislation, the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), going into effect January 1, 2020.

Twitter is planning on moving accounts for users outside the EU and the U.S. “which were previously contracted by Twitter International Company in Dublin, Ireland, to the San Francisco-based Twitter Inc.” This will allow the company to experiment with different privacy features—figuring out what works and what doesn’t—without worrying about infringing on the GDPR.

“We want to be able to experiment without immediately running afoul of the GDPR provisions,” Damien Kieran, Twitter’s data protection officer, told Reuters in a phone interview. “The goal is to learn from those experiments and then to provide those same experiences to people all around the world.

Coinciding with these changes, the company has unveiled a new site, the Twitter Privacy Center, in an effort to keep users informed about Twitter’s privacy efforts, as well as give them more control over their data.

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