Twitter Blocks Feds Access To Dataminr

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Dataminr is a service for companies who want “real-time information discovery” and serves many companies who require analytical type data including Twitter. These types of services aren’t anything new, collecting data on users isn’t anything new either. Even before we had computers or the Internet, marketing companies have always tried to analyze and understand what consumers are buying or using and what they want to buy or use. This is a normal practice and one that can be helpful to both consumer and producer. But there are also other entities who want to know more about you, the federal government.

USA Today is reporting that Twitter has asked Dataminr to block the federal government from accessing any of Twitter’s results from the service. Twitter is distancing itself from federal investigations by not allowing the feds to access their data, which Twitter says has been a long-standing policy anyway.

New York-based Dataminr did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment. Twitter said Dataminr uses public tweets to sell breaking news alerts to media organizations and government agencies such as the World Health Organization “for non-surveillance purposes.”

“We have never authorized Dataminr or any third party to sell data to a government or intelligence agency for surveillance purposes. This is a longstanding Twitter policy, not a new development,” the company said.

Twitter has a vested interest in Dataminr with a 5% stake in the company so this request might actually extend throughout the entire service. With the recent iPhone case and privacy and security continuing to be a hot topic, it’s easy to see why Twitter wants to put some space between the watchers and its service. Head over to the source link to read more details about Dataminr and Twitter’s decision.

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  Source: USA Today
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