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Twitter under Irish investigation over data collection

IANS  |  San Francisco 

is reportedly facing an investigation by regulators in over data collection in its link-shortening system, the media reported.

regulators in have launched an investigation into exactly how much data collects from t.co, its URL-shortening system, The Verge reported late on Saturday.

The investigation stems from a request made by UK under the (GDPR), a comprehensive European law under which EU citizens have a right to request any data collected on them from a given company.

But when Veale made that request to Twitter, the company claimed it had no data from its link-shortening service. The was sceptical, and wrote to the relevant privacy regulator to see if was holding back some of his data.

Now, that investigation seems to be underway. The investigation, first reported by Fortune, is confirmed in a letter obtained by The Verge, sent to Veale by the office of the Irish Data Privacy Commissioner, the report said.

Initially designed as a way to save characters in the limited space of a tweet, link-shortening has also proved to be an effective tool at fighting malware and gathering rudimentary analytics.

Those can also present a significant privacy risk when used in private messages.

Both and Twitter have faced lawsuits for collecting data on links shared in private messages, although no wrong-doing was conclusively established in either case.

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First Published: Sun, October 14 2018. 12:20 IST
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