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Irish authorities investigate Twitter over data collection

By Sheetal Sukhija, Wyoming State News
14 Oct 2018, 23:31 GMT+10

DUBLIN, Ireland - At a time when the debate over data acquisition and safety are heating up globally, now, Irish privacy regulators are said to have launched an investigation into the data collection practices used by Twitter. 

In a bid to understand exactly how much data is collected by Twitter, privacy regulators in Ireland are investigating the data collection techniques used by the microblogging site.

The investigation led by the Irish Data Privacy Commissioner is believed to be specially focussed on Twitter's data collection through its link-shortening system.

According to a report in The Verge, Irish regulators want to understand how much data Twitter collects from t.co, its URL-shortening system.

The report noted that the investigation stems from a request made by U.K. professor Michael Veale under the European privacy law - the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which allows EU citizens the right to request any data collected on them from a given company.

The report elaborated that Twitter claimed it had no data from its link-shortening service, when Veale made the request to the microblogging site.

However, unsatisfied by the response, the U.K. professor wrote to the relevant privacy regulator to see if Twitter was holding back some of his data.

The investigation, which was first reported by Fortune, was later confirmed in a letter sent to Veale by the office of the Irish Data Privacy Commissioner.

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