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Years before big hack, Twitter contractors reportedly spied on celebs

Years before the July 15th attack on Twitter that let hackers compromise some of the social network’s most high-profile accounts to tweet Bitcoin scams, Twitter contractors apparently were able to use Twitter’s internal tools to spy on some celebrities, including Beyoncé, chronicling longtime security concerns at the company.

The tools in question typically allow certain Twitter staffers to do things like reset accounts or respond to content violations, but they could apparently also be used to spy on or hack an account.

Source: Years before big hack, Twitter contractors reportedly spied on celebs, including Beyoncé – The Verge

Twitter notifies Irish DPC about hack

Social media company Twitter has officially informed Ireland’s Data Protection Commissioner (DPC) of a cyberattack involving high-profile accounts.

The DPC is reviewing the notification and has yet to decide if to launch an investigation into the incident, according to media reports.

Source: Twitter notifies Irish DPC about hack

The Twitter hack shows a major cybersecurity vulnerability: employees

Attackers keep finding ways to leverage human weakness to get around security measures.

On Wednesday, Twitter fell victim to hackers who used a “coordinated social engineering attack” to compromise some of Twitter’s highest-profile accounts—including those belonging to Barack Obama, Elon Musk, Bill Gates, and Kanye West—to launch a crypto scam targeting those users’ followers.

While cybersecurity advances have hardened IT infrastructure and made it increasingly difficult to hack systems remotely, criminals have a logical way around these measures: targeting the employees who are already inside the systems.

Source: The Twitter hack shows a major cybersecurity vulnerability: employees.

Irish regulator reaches preliminary decision in Twitter privacy probe

Twitter may be the first big technology firm to face a fine by the EU’s lead regulator under the region’s tougher data protection rules after it submitted a preliminary decision in a probe into the social media firm to other member states.

The Twitter ruling relates to a 2019 probe into a bug in its Android app, where some users’ protected tweets were made public. Twitter is the subject of two of the 20 other inquiries the DPC had open into big tech firms at the end of 2019.

The DPC is not commenting on the substance of the preliminary Twitter decision at this point, Deputy Commissioner Graham Doyle told Reuters.

Source: Irish regulator reaches preliminary decision in Twitter privacy probe – EURACTIV.com

Twitter and WhatsApp could face EU data privacy sanctions

Twitter and Facebook’s WhatsApp are in the firing line as Europe’s leading privacy watchdog for US tech giants edges closer to delivering its first major sanctions under the region’s tough data-protection rules.

The Irish Data Protection Commission said on May 22 that it finalised a draft decision linked to a data breach at Twitter and has asked its peers across the European Union for their sign-off.

The regulator said it has also completed a draft decision in a probe of WhatsApp’s transparency around data sharing. The Facebook service will be asked to give its comments on any proposed sanctions before EU counterparts can weigh in.

Source: Twitter and WhatsApp could face EU data privacy sanctions – The National

Twitter Removes Privacy Option, and Shows Why We Need Strong Privacy Laws

Twitter greeted its users with a confusing notification this week. “The control you have over what information Twitter shares with its business partners has changed,” it said. The changes will “help Twitter continue operating as a free service,” it assured.

These changes affect users differently depending on whether they are subject to GDPR. Previously, anyone in the world could opt out of Twitter’s conversion tracking, and people in GDPR-compliant regions had to opt in. Now, people outside of Europe have lost that option. Instead, users in the U.S. and most of the rest of the world can only opt out of Twitter sharing data with Google and Facebook.

Source: Twitter Removes Privacy Option, and Shows Why We Need Strong Privacy Laws

Grindr and OKCupid Sell Your Data, but Twitter’s MoPub Is the Real Problem

On January 15, a Norweigian Consumer Council (NCC) investigative report exposed the ways that Grindr, OKCupid, and eight other apps are collecting and sharing extremely sensitive personal data.

A third-party advertising company called MoPub, owned by Twitter, was responsible for much of the technology that Grindr used to collect and share data. MoPub operates in the vast, convoluted, opaque ecosystem of personal data collection and sharing that powers modern adtech.

Source: Grindr and OKCupid Sell Your Data, but Twitter’s MoPub Is the Real Problem | Electronic Frontier Foundation

Twitter and Microsoft show data privacy is moving from sticking point to selling point

A couple of tech heavyweights are making data privacy part of their branding, hoping to stay ahead of regulations.

Twitter thinks a strong position on data privacy could be advantageous. Distrust of social media platforms has never been so widespread, and in the current environment, it’s not crazy to decide that winning on trust can make a real long-term difference to user numbers and bottom line. Microsoft is another heavyweight positioning itself to benefit from a commitment to user data privacy.

Full article: Twitter and Microsoft show data privacy is moving from sticking point to selling point | VentureBeat

EU could introduce political ad rules for Facebook and Twitter

Vera Jourova, EU commissioner for justice, consumers and gender equality, said in a CNBC interview lawmakers in Brussels will introduce rules for more transparency in political campaigning. Companies including Facebook and Twitter will have to obey them.

Legislation around political ads would bolster the EU’s efforts to take a leading role regulating the world’s biggest technology companies on issues ranging from disinformation to competition and data privacy.

Source: EU could introduce political ad rules for Facebook and Twitter

Irish data protection commissioner set to issue decisions on Twitter and Whatsapp probes by end of year

The Irish data protection commissioner expects to issue decisions on investigations into Twitter and Whatsapp by the end of the year, a spokeswoman has said.

However, the effect of any sanction or fine, if issued, would not occur for “months” after that due to statutory examination processes.

Helen Dixon’s office concluded its investigation several weeks ago and is formulating draft decisions, possibly with the inclusion of a sanction, fine or regulatory order for Whatsapp and Twitter to change their own processes.

Source: Irish data protection commissioner set to issue decisions on Twitter and Whatsapp probes by end of year – Independent.ie

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