Twitter’s Irish Data Dodge

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Twitter has announced that all 300 million of its non-US users will soon have their account information handled by Twitter’s Irish subsidiary. The move comes as part of a small update to Twitter’s privacy policy, which will see the data of “international” Twitter users now fall under Irish privacy and data protection law. And away from the prying eyes of the NSA’s PRISM program..

Twitter has long had a reputation for fending off the the US government’s spying effort and was the only major internet company to refuse to take part in PRISM, the National Security Agency surveillance program that hoovers up large amounts communication data of foreign nationals held by US companies. By moving their international accounts away from the US, Twitter are adding an extra layer of insulation between their non-US customers and US government demands. Irish courts are going to be getting very busy…




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