FYI: Twitter’s API still spews enough metadata to reveal exactly where you lived, worked


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Analysis Researchers have demonstrated yet again that location metadata from Twitter posts can be used to infer private information like users’ home addresses, workplaces, and sensitive locations they’ve visited.

Computer science boffins Kostas Drakonakis, Panagiotis Ilia, Sotiris Ioannidis, and Jason Polakis affiliated with The Foundation for Research & Technology in Greece and the University of Illinois in the US published their findings in a paper titled “Please Forget Where I Was Last Summer: The Privacy Risks of Public Location (Meta)Data,” which is scheduled to be presented at the Network and Distributed System Security Symposium in February.

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