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Twitter has signed up to the US Federal Trade Commission's Do Not Track (DNT) initiative and now offers its users the chance to avoid having their data shared with third parties. Twitter announced the move with a Tweet which says, in part, "We applaud the FTC's leadership on DNT." A new Twitter page explaining the …

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  1. Khaptain Silver badge
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    Let's hope for a snowball effect

    I know that this won't stop publicity/tracking completely but it does appear to be a step in the right direction.

    1. Charlie Clark Silver badge

      Re: Let's hope for a snowball effect

      The whole idea of "Do Not Track" is like letting the foxes look after hens after they've promise not to eat them. As Twitter is a login service, it's probably worked out that it has more than enough data willingly provided by users. It wouldn't surprise me if the vast majority of users aren't using websites anyway but dedicated apps.

      1. Anonymous Coward
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        Re: Let's hope for a snowball effect

        Twitter is nothing but cynical with their concern over users' privacy. I was about to install their Android client the other day and was unpleasantly surprised about the permissions it requires to run. To name a few:

        . Manage the accounts list

        - Act as an account authenticator

        - Fine (GPS) location

        - Read contact data

        - Write contact data

        So the providers of a service for exchanging short messages in public want the access to my whole contact list as well as my GPS position. Why sure, where do I sign?

        Daniel

  2. Graham Marsden
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    So Twitter is going for...

    ... NoFollow...?

    Doesn't that rather defeat the purpose of it?

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