As of today, when users open the app, a new window displays requesting acceptance of the new terms taking effect at the same time as the EU’s General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR), which will change how companies collect, use and share personal data.
In a blog post announcing the changes, data protection officer Damien Kieran said the changes are intended to clarify technical and legalistic language, helping users understand what kind of information is collected, as well as what the company means by terms like “location data” or “advertising partner data.” Next month, Twitter will begin showing users “a simple chart that categorizes the legal basis for the personal data we process,” along with a personalized “Settings and Privacy Section” that will help users review, change and approve the types of data they share, according to the post.
Twitter is just the latest in a series of companies, including LinkedIn, Strava and Soundcloud, that have started updating their terms and conditions to comply with GDPR. Meanwhile, others have been giving increased authority to their chief privacy officers, or hiring one if they hadn’t already.
“We are proud of our history of partnering with civil society and standing up to governments to protect and defend the people that use our services, and we continue to evolve our efforts around documenting our work,” he wrote. “We also recognize that to enjoy real freedom of expression, you also need and deserve meaningful privacy and security controls.”