Newsletter: Twitter Prepares For Midterm Elections & Apple Brings “Data And Privacy” Page On Its Website

Newsletter: Twitter Prepares For Midterm Elections & Apple Brings “Data And Privacy” Page On Its Website

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Technology… is a queer thing. It brings you great gifts with one hand, and it stabs you in the back with the other.” ~Carrie Snow

TWITTER BRINGS IN CANDIDATE LABELS

THE STORY

Twitter has plans to launch Labels to the profiles of political candidates in the forthcoming 2018 midterm elections after May 30th.

WHY THE LABELS?

The new labels are added in the 2018 midterm election to avert impostors from setting up fake profiles and spreading confusion. The new labels will be inscribed with a tiny logo of a government building, which will be proving the legitimacy and authenticity of the account.

As per the sources, the new labels will be added from 30th of this month, which will be compulsory for the candidates running for state governor, U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate. In fact, the labels will help to identify the information such as electoral district numbers and the state for which the candidates are running in.

The labels will be displayed on the top of a candidate’s Twitter profile, and the labels will also be displayed in all tweets sent or retweeted by them.

WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?

It is important to restrict Internet trolls or foreign governments from sowing confusion on Twitter. The company was suspected for doing the same back in 2016, at the time of the presidential campaign.

The company also shared that they enrolled the civic non-profit Ballotpedia to aid authenticate the Twitter (TWTR, +1.73%) profiles of political candidates running for office.

Bridget Coyne (Senior public policy manager of Twitter) said; “When people are looking for news and information, they turn to Twitter to find out what’s happening in the world right now,”. He also said; “We understand the significance of this responsibility and our teams are building new ways for people who use Twitter to identify original sources and authentic information.”

WHAT IS NEXT?

Twitter has already confirmed important and well-known profiles by proving the blue check mark to them. So, as per the company, the changes are only for the midterms and Twitter is also looking forward to delivering election transparency.


APPLE LAUNCHES “DATA AND PRIVACY” PAGE

THE STORY

Apple added a new page on the website named Data and Privacy, with the goal to let the users check and download the data that company has collected from them.

WHAT THIS PAGE HAS TO OFFER?

The new Data & Privacy page on the website is located at privacy.apple.com, which you can access by login with your Apple ID and password. Apart from getting a copy of the data, this page allows you to correct the information that wasn’t accurate, deactivate your account, and delete your account.

This page can be used to permanently delete your account. The deletion request will be confirmed, so it will take up to 7 days to get it done. Please keep in mind after deleting your data, the data will be deleted for forever and users won’t retrieve the data. In fact, Apple won’t be able to get it back.

HOW APPLE GATHERED THE DATA?

The company has gathered the data from various sources that include Apple Online Store, App Store, Apple Retail Store, Apple Music, and Game Center activity, AppleCare support history, Apple ID account info, Contacts, Notes, Calendars, iCloud Bookmarks, Marketing subscriptions et cetera.

WHEN CAN YOU ACCESS THE PAGE?

The new page data and privacy on the website is an agreement with GDPR (European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation) that arrives into action on upcoming Friday, May 25, 2018.

For now, the feature ‘get a copy of your data’ works in European Union, Norway, Liechtenstein, Iceland, and Switzerland, but the company has plans to expand the feature across the globe in late 2018.

Bhoomika Basera is an analyst and blogger at Systweak Software. She likes to explore and discover latest technological updates and hacks.She is a backpack traveller and loves to explore cities and off beat places!

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