This comes barely two days after Google confirmed the practice of gathering location data through Android smartphones.

Twitter admits to revealing location of users without consent
Atom Technology Saturday, November 25, 2017 - 19:46

Micro-blogging site Twitter has admitted that specific locations included with some of its users' tweets were revealed without their permission last week due to a "bug".

"We've discovered an issue for a small percentage of people who recently had location-sharing on, Tweeted from https://twitter.com, and tapped to add an emoji or GIF. In certain instances, a city-level location was also included in the Tweet," the social media giant posted late on Friday.

Twitter users have reportedly tweeted about the privacy issue last week, directed at accounts associated with Twitter and its founders.

Some users claimed the location added to their tweets was not their actual location but instead a place they had recently visited or searched for on the micro-blogging site. 

The company has said it has removed the locations from tweets that were affected by the bug and has also reached out to such accounts users via email (if it's provided to them), according to Inverse.com.

This comes barely two days after Google confirmed the practice of gathering location data through Android smartphones even when the location services were turned off and there was no SIM card in the device.

"Even if you take all of those precautions, phones running Android software gather data about your location and send it back to Google when they're connected to the internet," Quartz reported late on Tuesday.

Quartz added that this has been happening since the beginning of 2017 and the result is that Google, which is behind Android, has access to data about individuals’ locations and their movements that go far beyond a reasonable consumer expectation of privacy.

However, Google has told Quartz that they never used or stored the data and that the company is now taking steps to end the practice after being contacted by Quartz.

The search engine giant has now been summoned by regulators in South Korea this week for questioning.

(With IANS inputs)

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