Twitter admits phone numbers meant for security used for ads

We’ve always recommended that two-factor authentication be used whenever possible. This is because 2FA is usually thought to be a more secure way of protecting your accounts, even in the event that your username and password might have been compromised. Unfortunately, it seems that if you used 2FA with Twitter, your phone number could have been used for targeted ads.For those unfamiliar, there are some 2FA systems that send a one-time code to your phone number for verification, which is what Twitter uses. However, according to the company, it seems that your phone number which you provided to the company for use in 2FA might have been “inadvertently” used for non-2FA purposes.According to Twitter, “We cannot say with certainty how many people were impacted by this, but in an effort to be transparent, we wanted to make everyone aware. No personal data was ever shared externally with our partners or any other third parties. As of September 17, we have addressed the issue that allowed th

Twitter admits phone numbers meant for security used for ads

Twitter on Tuesday apologized after "inadvertently" using phone numbers and email addresses for advertising even though the personal data was provided for account security.

Wed 9 Oct 19 from TechXplore

Twitter says users’ phone numbers provided for security ‘inadvertently’ used for ad purposes

Twitter revealed Tuesday that it mishandled an unspecified number of users' email addresses and phone numbers, allowing that data to be used "inadvertently" for advertising purposes.

Tue 8 Oct 19 from The Washington Post

Twitter 'accidentally' misused user data to sell targeted ads

Specifically, Twitter’s Tailored Audiences and Partner Audiences advertising systems may have been leveraged in the scheme. These programs allow advertisers to target ads to customers based ...

Wed 9 Oct 19 from Techspot

Twitter ‘Very Sorry’ It Misused Security Data For Ads

Twitter (via geralt/Pixabay) Twitter has apologized for “inadvertently” sharing users’ personal information for advertising purposes. ...

Wed 9 Oct 19 from Geek.com

Twitter used phone numbers provided for 2FA to match users to advertisers

Twitter 2FA is every bit as bad as critics said it was. Site signals a change is coming.

Tue 8 Oct 19 from Arstechnica

Twitter Admits Your Phone Number Could Have Been Used For Targeted Advertising

We’ve always recommended that two-factor authentication be used whenever possible. This is because 2FA is usually thought to be a more secure way of protecting your accounts, even in ...

Tue 8 Oct 19 from Ubergizmo

Twitter says user data meant for security purposes may have been used for advertising

Twitter Inc said on Tuesday email addresses and phone numbers uploaded by users to meet its security requirements may have been 'inadvertently' used for advertising purposes.

Tue 8 Oct 19 from Reuters Technology

Twitter says it 'accidentally' used phone numbers intended for security to serve ads to users

Specifically, the numbers were intended to set up two-factor authentication, in which users can secure their account from would-be hackers by using their mobile device or email as a fail-safe.

Tue 8 Oct 19 from Daily Mail

Twitter used phone numbers gathered for account security to sell ads

Twitter "inadvertently" used phone numbers and email addresses its users provided for account security purposes to target ads, the company said Tuesday.

Tue 8 Oct 19 from CNN

Twitter admits your phone number may have been used for targeting ads

Twitter is only supposed to use phone numbers for two-factor authentication, but it appears to have been unintentionally used for more. The social network has learned that phone numbers ...

Tue 8 Oct 19 from Engadget

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