Ars Technica: Threads attracts 30M users in 24 hours despite design flaws, privacy concerns

July 6, 2023

Threads collects so much sensitive data that Meta paused the app’s launch in the European Union. The company recently lost a legal fight with EU regulators, who decided that Meta can no longer claim it has a “legitimate interest” to process wide swaths of user data for advertising. Calli Schroeder, senior counsel and global privacy counsel for the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), told Ars that Threads gathers “a good amount” of data that “is not necessary for the app to function.”

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