Twitter Admits Plucking Contacts from Smartphones, Promises Better Transparency

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tomrippity

So, now that Apple acknowledged the problem, they should be taking twitter down from the App Store right? Doubt it.

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someuid

"We want to be clear and transparent in our communications with users," Twitter told the L.A. Times in an email. "Along those lines, in our next app updates, which are coming soon, we are updating the language associated with Find Friends -- to be more explicit."

Blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah. Give us free data on you so we can sell it and leave you with the problem of being hounded by advertisers until you die. Blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah.

Go take a long walk on a short pier. My disgust with CEOs who should know better but chose to take risks instead and think my concerns can be brushed away with platitudes of being more clear and transparent grows every day.

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dgrmouse

Twitter shares part of the blame, but you /expect/ Twitter to try to steal your personal data. Stealing data is central to Twitter's business model. Apple, on the other hand, is making a huge amount of money selling hardware and software - they have a genuine duty to provide protection to consumers. How hard is it to have the OS require explicit permission to allow access to GPS/contacts/etc? Shame on Apple for not providing means to better sandbox malicious applications.

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Zoandar

Like Apple is not guilty of marketing user data.

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dgrmouse

You're absolutely right, and it's absolutely repugnant. For a closed-box system, the amount of data leakage is absurd. They should be held to a higher standard.

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ApathyCurve

Only twits twitter.

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phoenixjc

+1 =)
That was my first thought when I saw the title of the article....

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