Twitter pays $150 million in privacy scheme

Twitter will pay $150 million to settle a privacy lawsuit with the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). The settlement announced today includes a complaint that Twitter was fraudulently using members’ email addresses and phone numbers for targeted advertising. In addition to the fine, Twitter must also accept audits of its data privacy program among other restrictions.

The legal filing alleges that Twitter misrepresented its policies to users between 2013 and 2019, in violation of both FTC law and an injunction from a previous settlement in 2011. The company encouraged users to provide a phone number or email address. add to security measures such as two-factor authentication. In reality, however, Twitter has also included that information in its ad targeting data. It apologized for the practice in 2019, saying it had “accidentally” funneled the addresses and numbers into its advertising system. The complaint also alleges that during that time, Twitter falsely claimed to be compliant with the European Union and US and Swiss and US Privacy Shield Frameworks, which imposed restrictions on how companies could reuse user data.

“The $150 million fine reflects the seriousness of the allegations against Twitter, and the substantial new compliance measures that will be imposed as a result of today’s proposed settlement will help prevent further deceptive tactics that threaten user privacy,” Associate Attorney said. General Vanita Gupta in a statement. a statement. The FTC targeted Facebook for a similar practice in 2019 and fined the company $5 billion for those and other privacy violations.

The new compliance measures require Twitter to maintain a “comprehensive” privacy and information security program and conduct regular tests and audits of its safeguards. It must also notify anyone who joined Twitter before September 2019 about the settlement after a federal court approves it.

Twitter chief privacy officer Damien Kieran acknowledged the settlement in a blog post and tweet thread† “Our settlement with the FTC reflects Twitter’s pre-existing commitments and investments in security and privacy,” Kieran tweeted. “We will continue to work with our regulators to ensure they understand how security and privacy practices at Twitter are always evolving for the better.”

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