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Privacy Woes Hold Up Global Instagram Threads Launch

06
Jul
2023
Privacy Woes Hold Up Global Instagram Threads Launch

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A full 20 million people (and counting) had signed up for Meta’s Twitter competitor within hours of its launch Wednesday evening — but none of those users will be in the European Union, thanks to data privacy concerns.

Instagram Threads collects a wide range of data from users, according to its “App Privacy” blurb on the Apple App Store, including health information, purchase histories, financial data, location, contact lists, search and browsing history, usage data, and a somewhat ominous category of data listed as simply “sensitive info.”

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