Twitter Fixes iOS Bug That Accidentally Stored and Shared Location Data

Discussion in 'iOS Blog Discussion' started by MacRumors, May 13, 2019 at 12:20 PM.

  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Twitter today announced that it has addressed an iOS bug that caused the service to inadvertently collect and share location data.

    On the Twitter support site, Twitter says that for iOS users who had more than one account on Twitter and opted into sharing location information on one account, location data may have been collected when using any other account on the same device, even if location features were not activated.

    Twitter also says that some of that location data was mistakenly sent to one of its advertising partners, but the data was "fuzzed" so that only zipcode or city data was shared. The location data was not able to map precise movements nor was it tied to Twitter handle.
    Twitter says that its partner did not retain the location data and it was only available on their systems for a short time before it was deleted.

    The bug that caused the inadvertent data collection has been fixed and Twitter says it is "working hard to make sure it does not happen again." People with accounts who were impacted with this issue are being notified.

    Article Link: Twitter Fixes iOS Bug That Accidentally Stored and Shared Location Data
  2. simonmet macrumors 68000


    Sep 9, 2012
  3. MrGimper macrumors 603


    Sep 22, 2012
    Andover, UK
  4. nt5672 macrumors 68000

    Jun 30, 2007
    Yep, they just accidentally created a column in the database for location and just accidentally populated it with user data. Happens all the time.
  5. timborama, May 13, 2019 at 12:37 PM
    Last edited: May 13, 2019 at 12:49 PM

    timborama macrumors 6502


    Oct 12, 2011
    It’s only a “bug” if you get caught.
  6. Solomani macrumors 68040


    Sep 25, 2012
    Alberto, Canado
    Lawsuit! I smell a lawsuit!!! Take them to the cleaners like FB!
  7. mikeyteh macrumors member


    Jun 24, 2013
  8. AZMecha macrumors regular


    Jun 30, 2015
    Who even still uses this platform anyway?
  9. ArtOfWarfare macrumors G3


    Nov 26, 2007
    Not at all. They spelled it out pretty well - people can opt to have their location collected. That's supposed to be on a per-account basis, but they were accidentally persisting it on a per-device basis. Seems like a reasonable mistake to me.

    They meant to only share some fields with advertisers. They accidentally shared an additional field. Again, totally reasonable mistake.

    Yeah, if they didn't mean to collect the data at all, it'd be weird to have the column in their database and have it populated, but since it was supposed to be conditionally collected, it's not at all weird that they messed up the conditions, and since other data was being shared, it's not weird that they forgot to strip out one of the columns from the results.
  10. JetTester macrumors 6502

    Feb 12, 2014
    Hmm, according to the article title, one would be led to believe that the bug is in iOS, yet Twitter fixed it. Sounds to me more like it was a bug in Twitter's iOS software.
  11. TrenttonY macrumors 6502a

    Nov 14, 2012
    The now classic "it was just a bug" line.
  12. Elyzien macrumors member


    Jun 19, 2018
    The World
    Yea a “bug” somethings are not bugs until you get caught.
  13. patent10021 macrumors 68030


    Apr 23, 2004
    I've accidentally forgotten my condom on occasion.

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