As part of my ISTE Certification, I had the opportunity to explore various options related to Digital Citizenship (one of the seven ISTE Standards for students). One of the options I chose was to review the privacy policies of a few of the websites I use.
The number one resource in my tech toolbelt is Google, so that was an obvious place to start. Next, while I don’t use Facebook I know there has been a lot of controversy surrounding the site so I decided to see what that was all about. My recent professional goal is to be less of a passive participant with my Twitter PLN (@LahaisePaige) and be more actively engaged. Since I have been using this application much more frequently I decided that it might be helpful to know their policies; so the final site I reviewed was Twitter.
One shocking bit of information I read came from Twitter’s policy which states they retain “Log Data” about you, even if you DO NOT create an account. This data “includes information such as your IP address, browser type, operating system, the referring web page, pages visited, location, your mobile carrier, device information (including device and application IDs), search terms, and cookie information.” So simply by visiting the Twitter profile of someone else the company has some pretty powerful information about you. And while you can create a profile using a pseudonym (something that is allowed-see the first check), they will still retain all of this information in their Log Data.
Twitter also tracks you no matter what device you are using: “we may also associate your account with browsers or devices other than those you use to log into Twitter (or associate your logged-out device or browser with other browsers or devices). We do this to operate and personalize our services. For example, if you visit websites with sports content on your laptop, we may show you sports-related ads on Twitter for Android.”