Even if a Twitter user’s tweets don’t include geotags, their absence is not enough to protect that user’s location privacy, Ars Technica reports. “Three researchers from IBM have developed an algorithm that can predict a Twitter user's location without needing so much as a single geotag from them,” the report states. Meanwhile, the Android version of Angry Birds shares “personal information such as age, gender and address along with device information with multiple parties,” PC Mag reports, noting the developers behind the popular apps have “been shown to share user data a little too widely” in the past as well. In the U.S., Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) has introduced legislation that would require companies to get permission from customers “before collecting location data off their mobile devices and sharing it with others,” USA Today reports.
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