Twitter, did you learn nothing from Path's recent kerfuffle? Customers do not like it when you remotely store their personal information, especially without telling them.
The company has acknowledged that it collects and stores contact information gleaned from a user's address book—including names, emails, and phone numbers—through its mobile apps. Every time you activate the "Find My Friends" feature, the app will apparently transmit the entirety of your address book to Twitter's servers where the data is maintained for 18 months. This affects both iOS and Android users.
Twitter has issued a statement through its spokeswoman, Carolyn Penner. "We want to be clear and transparent in our communications with users," Penner wrote in an email to the LA Times. "Along those lines, in our next app updates, which are coming soon, we are updating the language associated with Find Friends — to be more explicit. In place of 'Scan your contacts,' we will use "Upload your contacts" and "Import your contacts" (in Twitter for iPhone and Twitter for Android, respectively)." However, unlike Path, which pushed an immediate app update and deleted the offending data from its servers, Twitter has yet to set a release date for the next software roll-out. [LA Times via Electronista]