Twitter faces $ 250 million fine for violating user privacy

Yolanda Curtis
August 5, 2020

The Federal Trade Commission sent a complaint last week over the social network's use of the data, including that of 14m people in the United Kingdom, between 2013 and 2019.

Twitter received the FTC's complaint on July 28.

Twitter's stock dropped by approximately 1 percent after hours on the announcement. Twitter mentioned that on July 28 it obtained a draft criticism from the Federal Commerce Fee alleging the corporate violated a 2011 consent order, which required Twitter to set up an information-security program created to "defend personal shopper data".


With the violation, Twitter has also agreed to build and maintain an information security program to be assessed by an independent auditor for 10 years after the agreement.

"The matter remains unresolved, and there can be no assurance as to the timing or the terms of any final outcome", the company added.

It furthermore, based mostly mostly on Twitter's Monday submitting, could possibly possibly possibly staunch so happen to violate the company's 2011 FTC consent reveal.


'This data may have inadvertently been used for advertising purposes, specifically in our and Partner Audiences advertising system'. Twitter, Facebook and the like are going to have to change the behavior and also fix their reputations if they are to turn the tide. Twitter users are asked to provide information like their phone number to help secure their account through services such as two-factor authentication.

"This security breach may have harmed the people and accounts affected by it". Reportedly, the San Francisco company used personal information to match users to advertisers' marketing lists. Facebook previously had to pay $5 billion for several privacy missteps, including the use of people's phone numbers, provided for security purposes, for its ad business. "This was an error and we apologize".

Twitter has said that the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) could be fining the social media platform up to $250m.


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