Published by LawTechie - March 2, 2012 - LawTechie

Privacy LawReading this blog, one would come to know me as a fairly staunch defender of user’s privacy rights with regard to the various online services (e.g., Google, Facebook, etc…). However, the latest accusation that Twitter may be selling user data has me shrugging, “So what?”

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If you’re not paying for a service, then you’re the product. That’s been the reality of social media for some time now and it’s coming out now that Twitter has sold access to your information to two research companies who will release it to clients who pay for the ability to mine the data.

There are different packages that Twitter has made available. Datasift Inc. has the “big” package with data going back two years, while Gnip Inc. offers data that goes back 30 days.

Anyone is welcome to correct me if I am wrong, but Twitter doesn’t really ask for all that much “private” data from its users. In fact, all it really collects are tweets — which tend to be public..

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