The Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) allege that Twitter misused its users’ phone numbers and email addresses to deliver targeted advertisements. Now the company has to fine $ 150 million Pay for this.
The legal case claims that Twitter between 2013 and 2019 It has misrepresented its policies to users and also violated FTC rules. At the time, Twitter had asked users to add a phone number or email address to their account to enable security measures, which in fact, for Advertising goals He has used them himself.
Follow this social network in 2019 for its action Apologize to users He said he had “mistakenly” transferred the addresses and their numbers to his advertising system. The lawsuit also alleges that Twitter at the time falsely claimed to have complied with legal frameworks set by the world.
Twitter statement to pay the fine
“Our agreement with the FTC reflects Twitter’s previous commitments and investments in security and privacy. “We will continue to work with regulators to ensure that Twitter is always improving its security and privacy practices for the better.”
Twitter is now being asked to Privacy And User data securitySet a “comprehensive” schedule. It must also notify anyone who joined Twitter before September 2019, after approval by the federal court.
Deputy Attorney General Vanita Gupta said in a statement:
“The $ 150 million fine shows the severity of the allegations against Twitter, and the significant steps taken to resolve it will prevent the use of misleading tactics that threaten users’ privacy.”
The FTC filed a similar lawsuit against Facebook in 2019, fining the company $ 5 billion for violating its users’ private rivalry.