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Twitter Implements 'Do Not Track' Privacy Feature

Yesterday Twitter made the announcement that it would provide a 'Do Not Track' function that would give users the option to opt out of being tracked by the site.

The company's plans were unveiled at an Internet Week panel in New York by chief technology officer for the Federal Trade Commission, Ed Felten. Twitter also posted a tweet saying: "The Federal Trade Commission's CTO, Ed Felten, just mentioned Twitter now supports Do Not Track. We applaud the FTC's leadership on DNT."

Thursday also saw the announcement of Twitter joining Mozilla - however, the DNT feature will only work should a website agree to it, but if approved, will enable users to opt out of cookies that collate any personal data about them that would be shared with advertisers.

This news suggests that Twitter is doing all it can to back its users, especially after the microblogging site filed a court motion to protect the information of one of its users after he took part in the Occupy Wall Street protests.

"We're excited that Twitter now supports Do Not Track and global user adoption rates continue to increase, which signifies a big step forward for Do Not Track and the Web," Mozilla said in the post. Mozilla found that the adoption rates for the Do Not Track function are at 8.6 per cent for desktop users with 19 per cent for mobile users.

Source: New York Times

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