can track your online activity even after you delete its app from your
phone and log out across all browsers, thanks to a setting that can only
be disabled by accessing a particular page on Twitter’s website.
if you’ve logged out of Twitter and have uninstalled the app from your
phone, chances are the platform is still tracking your device, unless
you access Twitter’s website, go to “Personalization
and Data Settings,” and disable the data
News verified the story by testing Twitter’s data collection on an Apple
iPhone, following a tip from banned conservative Twitter users @TheALX.
when Twitter’s app was deleted from the iPhone, and no Twitter account
was logged in, navigating to Twitter’s “Personalization and Data
Settings” page via a browser revealed that data collection on the device
was still enabled.
to Twitter’s personalization page, all it takes is one login on a device
to activate data collection across all devices until users discover the
setting and switch it off. As the page explains, unless you switch off
the setting, “Twitter will always personalize across the devices you’ve
used to login.”
only that — it goes on to explain that “Twitter may also link your
Twitter account to other devices — ones
you’ve never used to log on to Twitter — to
help measure and improve your experience” (emphasis ours).
other words, even if you’ve never logged on to Twitter on a particular
device, chances are the company is still collecting data from that
device, although the page doesn’t explain how it links a person’s
account to a device they may never have used Twitter on.
to Breitbart News’ request for comment, Twitter confirmed that it
collects data on you even
if you don’t have a Twitter account.
a Twitter spokeswoman:
is only collected from people without Twitter accounts if and where
there has been interaction with third-party sites that have Twitter
content active on them (i.e., embedded Tweets, widgets, cookies,
etc.). Individuals are provided with logged out privacy tools (per
your screenshot) to help them determine which information is shared or
other words, as long as you’ve browsed websites that have embedded
Tweets, Twitter cookies, or Twitter’s sharing widget, Twitter has your
browsing data from that site. Considering that the vast majority of the
U.S. websites (including pornography, payment processing, and
banking websites) have some form of Twitter integration, this means that
Twitter likely has a detailed profile one you even if you’ve never
signed up for an account or used its platform.
personalization settings are inaccessible via Twitter’s mobile app.
To switch off data collection, you will still have to navigate to
Twitter’s website via a browser and find the specific page before they
can disable the data collection.
effect, this means that most users will be subject to Twitter’s data
collection. From retirement
plans or organ donation, when individuals are automatically
opted-in to something, they very rarely opt out.