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Twitter security chiefs quit amid fears Musk would violate FTC settlement

Twitter security chiefs quit amid fears Musk would violate FTC settlement

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Some of Twitter’s top privacy and security officials resigned this week amid concerns that Elon Musk’s swift changes could cause violations of the company’s recent settlement with the Federal Trade Commission.

“Privacy officers said they are more concerned about the rapid spread of new features without the full security reviews required by the FTC’s approval decree,” The Washington Post mentioned In a story about the departed today.

Chief Information Security Officer Leah Kessner Confirmed leaving the company in a tweet. Chief Privacy Officer Damien Keran and Chief Compliance Officer Marianne Fogarty have also resigned, according to news reports.

The FTC said it’s tracking what’s happening on Twitter. A spokesperson for the FTC said in a statement to hill and other news outlets. “No CEO or company is above the law, and companies must follow our consent decisions. Our amended consent order gives us new tools to ensure compliance, and we are ready to use them.”

Latest FTC request opens Twitter to compliance risks

Twitter reached a new settlement with the FTC in May 2022, Payment approved A $150 million fine for targeting ads to users with phone numbers and email addresses collected from those users when two-factor authentication is enabled. Federal Trade Commission He said Targeting ads violated Twitter’s terms settlement 2011 with the FTC, which “expressly prohibited the company from misrepresenting its privacy and security practices.”

The FTC also said it was seeking “substantial new compliance measures” to “help prevent further misleading tactics that threaten users’ privacy.” leveling required Privacy, security, and confidentiality risk assessments before Twitter launches new or modified products and services.

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Another requirement is that Twitter must send a compliance notice within 14 days after the merger. This means that the company must give the FTC a notice of compliance resulting from the Musk purchase today if it has not already done so.

Musk’s quick changes risk violating Twitter’s deal with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the company’s lawyer reportedly warned in an internal Slack message that Twitter employees could view in full. Posted by The Verge Slack’s message, stating that it was posted by an attorney on the company’s privacy team.

“Musk’s new legal department now requires engineers to ‘self-certify’ compliance with FTC rules and other privacy laws, according to the note of an attorney and another employee familiar with the matter, who requested anonymity to speak without the company’s permission,” The Verge wrote.

Musk last week Dismissed – Temporarily released About 3,700 employees, which is about half of Twitter’s employees.

Lawyer warns Twitter engineers of legal risks

Applications to the FTC required by the approval decree are made in May 2022 under penalty of perjury. Like Mike Masnick Noted on TechDirt“Anyone who works at Twitter Need Knowing that “self-certification” of something in violation of the FTC’s approval ordinance can be associated with imprisonment and hefty fines. That’s not how any of this should work.”

The Twitter lawyer’s internal message reads in part:

This would place an enormous amount of personal, professional, and legal risk on engineers: I expect you all will. [b]e pressure by management to push for changes that are likely to lead to major accidents.

All this is very dangerous for our users. Also, since the Federal Trade Commission can (and will!) fine Twitter billions of dollars pursuant to an FTC approval order, severely detrimental to Twitter’s longevity as a platform. Our users deserve much better than this.

The Verge also paraphrased another anonymous employee saying that the launch of this week’s renewed Twitter Blue subscription “disregards the company’s normal privacy and security review” as the “red team” reviews potential risks prior to launch. As The Verge reported, the employee said, “None of the Red Team’s recommendations were implemented prior to the re-launch of Twitter Blue.”

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The Twitter Blue changes make it possible Pay $8 a month For blue checkmarks previously reserved for accounts that Twitter verifies as real and featured.

The Washington Post quoted former FTC official David Vladeck as saying that the executives’ departure and the general chaos at Twitter raise questions about whether “compliance requirements will fall through the loopholes.” Vladeck, who was director of the FTC’s Office of Consumer Protection when the 2011 settlement was reached, said another breach would result in much larger fines than the $150 million earlier this year.

“There will be very significant repercussions of the last fine,” Vladek was quoted as saying by the newspaper.

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