Twitter fined $150 million for privacy protection

WASHINGTON – Twitter will pay a $150 million fine and implement new safeguards to settle federal regulators’ claims that the social platform has failed to protect the privacy of users’ data for six years.

The Justice Department and the Federal Trade Commission announced the settlement with Twitter on Wednesday. Regulators claim Twitter violated a 2011 FTC order by misleading users about how well it respected and protected the privacy and security of their non-public contact information.

From May 2013 to September 2019, Twitter informed users that it was collecting their phone numbers and email addresses for account security purposes. However, it did not disclose that it would also use the information to enable companies to send targeted online advertisements to users of the platform, the government claimed.

Regulators also alleged in a federal lawsuit filed Wednesday that Twitter falsely claimed it had complied with U.S. privacy agreements with the European Union and Switzerland, which prohibit companies from processing user information in a way that does the purposes approved by users runs counter to


The $150 million penalty and required new compliance measures under the settlement are subject to approval by a federal court in California.

The FTC’s 2011 order had alleged serious flaws in Twitter’s data security that allowed hackers to gain unauthorized administrative control over Twitter, including access to non-public user information.

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Sarah Y. Kim

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