social media sites have been facing a wave of criticism in recent months, with several lawsuits filed against them for failing to keep users’ data private.
Facebook is facing lawsuits for not keeping user data private, while Twitter is facing complaints for not sharing user data with law enforcement.
Now, a new study from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law says social media companies are violating users’ privacy rights in ways they haven’t before.
The study, published in the Journal of Law and Technology, says that social media are failing to safeguard user data from government surveillance and other government interference, and that users deserve better protections than they currently have.
“Users are in a very vulnerable position,” said the study’s lead author, Matthew L. Miller, an associate professor of law and professor of computer science at the University.
“If you are using Facebook or Twitter to access content, the government is going to look at what you’re reading, what you’ve shared and who you are, and it’s going to be able to access your account.
They’re going to find out who you’re communicating with, who you communicate with.
And it’s the users who are the most vulnerable.”
The study looked at data collected in a database of 3,300 individuals who used social media between 2007 and 2014.
It found that social networking companies collect user data that includes user names, IP addresses, geolocation data, date of birth, and other information that would allow authorities to track people using social networking platforms.
It also found that companies were using those data for the purposes of “targeted marketing” — where they send targeted ads to people based on their personal information.
The study found that while some companies had already taken steps to improve their privacy policies and data collection practices, others were not.
For example, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram were not required to collect user information for targeting ads, which were still allowed under the FTC Act.
The report found that many of these social networks failed to ensure that the personal information they collected for targeting purposes was secure.
It noted that companies failed to check their own users’ security settings, which could allow hackers to access users’ information.
“I think this is a very, very worrying situation,” said Miller.
“We’re seeing companies not following their own privacy policies, and when they do follow policies, it’s not good.
I think we’ve got a lot of companies who are very concerned about the privacy of their users.”
The report also found several companies failed on multiple fronts when it came to protecting users’ personal information from government intrusion.
For example, it found that Twitter and Facebook failed to implement appropriate measures to protect users’ credit card numbers from being used to create fake account names.
In addition, the report found Facebook failed on several occasions to safeguard users’ online banking accounts and passwords.
The company said in a statement that it “has been in continuous conversation with regulators, regulators’ offices, and the industry to address this important issue.”