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Twitter is tracking me like Google is reading my emails.

> The privacy implications of such behavior by a company so large are sweeping and absolute.

Like most articles about tracking cookie this, and tracking widget that, it does come off as overly sensationalist to me and makes me think it's meant to scare people more than they should be about such a thing.

> Is it okay for Twitter to sell your web browsing history to advertisers?

Serious question, where are the people/businesses that buy peoples browsing histories? It's an argument raised a lot of the time as responses to this sort of thing and I've never seen evidence that a market exists for it.

> I'm amazed that Twitter is overtly admitting to this behavior without considering the privacy implications.

This is a bit of a confusing sentence, do you expect them to hide it? Or what makes you think they haven't considered privacy implications?

Edit: According to tech crunch they have considered your privacy as they are having a switch that lets you turn this functionality off: http://techcrunch.com/2012/05/17/twitter-wants-an-interest-g...




I agree with you that this is overblown.

However:

Serious question, where are the people/businesses that buy peoples browsing histories? It's an argument raised a lot of the time as responses to this sort of thing and I've never seen evidence that a market exists for it.

There are plenty of businesses that pay for this.

Look at the "DMP & Data Aggregators" and the DSPs section of the chart http://imgur.com/M60MM for some example companies.

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Oh right, fair enough. Just checked out a couple of them and they appear to do as you say. Thanks for the interesting link!

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I don't think gmail is exactly analogous, the twitter situation is something that you can't avoid in all of your activity anywhere on the web; simply having a twitter account at all makes every website a tracker, and you have absolutely no way of knowing until you get to the site and it's already too late.

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Don't stay logged in. Use NoScript. Delete cookies from Twitter. No tracking remaining.

Though it is easier to enable "Do not track" in your browser for the Twitter case.

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>> you have absolutely no way of knowing until you get to the site and it's already too late.

https://www.requestpolicy.com/

It works.

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Of course "admitting" it, can also be phrased as "being fully transparent" and is actually required by many privacy regulations. If you tell a user you are doing something with their personal data, in the US, you generally have the right to do it.

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