US fines Twitter for sensitive data breach

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The US Justice Department announced Wednesday that Twitter will pay a $150 million fine to settle the lawsuit. Provide advertisers with personal data of your users.

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Justice Department on Twitter Phone numbers and email addressesThis data is provided by users to enhance the security of their account and for advertisers to use this data for monetization.

“Twitter obtained user data on the pretext of exploiting it security purposeBut then ended up using the data to target users with ads,” commission chair Leena Khan said in a statement.

The personal information that users give to technology companies, and how that data is used, is a dual front of conflict between regulators and the parent of powerful companies such as Meta, Facebook, Twitter and others.

Privacy conflicts have periodically resulted in lawsuits or compromises, but critics have long called for a comprehensive update of US national rules on how people’s data is handled online.

for a five-year period ending in 2019, month of140 million users Regulators said Twitter gave the San Francisco-based service phone numbers or email addresses to help protect accounts with two-factor authentication.

Security techniques include augmenting passwords with one-time codes sent via text message or email.

Without telling users, Twitter allowed advertisers to use personal information to target ads, said the FTC, which worked with federal prosecutors to pursue the case against the technology company.

In addition to accepting the $150 million payment, Twitter will implement new measures, including Periodic evaluation of its privacy program Explains the agreement, by an independent consultant.

The settlement, which would require a judge’s approval, also requires Twitter to inform everyone joining Twitter of the settlement and options to protect their privacy before the end of 2019.

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