FTC Invites Public Comment on Twitter Settlement

The FTC is calling for public comments on the recent Twitter Settlement. The Commission's complaint against Twitter charged that "serious lapses in the company's data security allowed hackers to obtain administrative control of Twitter." The FTC found that the lax practices allowed access to nonpublic tweets even though the company assured users in its privacy policy that it was "very concerned about safeguarding the confidentiality of your personally identifiable information." Under the terms of the settlement, "Twitter will be barred for 20 years from misleading consumers about the extent to which it maintains and protects the security, privacy, and confidentiality of nonpublic consumer information." Comments are due on July 26, 2009, and may be submitted electronically or in paper form. For more information, see EPIC: Social Networking Privacy.

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