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Ireland brings in tough laws on revenge porn and online bullying

People guilty of online harassment and revenge porn in Ireland could face up to 10 years in prison as part of a bill passed with all-party support in December.

The crackdown on online harassment is of particular significance in Ireland, which hosts the European headquarters of Twitter, Facebook and other social media platforms where such practices are pervasive. Ireland faces rising pressure from its European partners to impose greater regulatory scrutiny on these firms.

Source: Ireland brings in tough laws on revenge porn and online bullying – POLITICO

Tech Giants Hope for US Data Privacy Law

Google, Twitter and Amazon are hopeful that Joe Biden’s incoming administration in the United States will enact a federal digital data law, senior company officials said at CES, the annual electronics and technology show.

“There are more than 100 national data privacy laws in the world,” said Anne Toth, director of Amazon’s Alexa Trust. “We’re dealing with a forever patchwork quilt but we’re trying to minimize the differences.”

Source: Tech Giants Hope for US Data Privacy Law | SecurityWeek.Com

Trump Twitter Account Hacker Won’t Be Punished

The Netherlands’ Public Prosecution Service has announced that Victor Gevers, the Dutch hacker who broke into the Twitter account of US President Donald Trump in October this year, will not be punished.

Even though hacking is a criminal offense in the Netherlands, the nation’s Public Prosecution Service (Openbaar Ministerie – OM) made the announcement after an investigation by the High Tech Crime Team, which found that Gevers’ intent was non-malicious and fell under what are considered ‘special circumstances’, aka ‘responsible disclosure’.

Source: Trump Twitter Account Hacker Won’t Be Punished – SecAlerts – Security vulnerabilities in your inbox

Twitter fined by Ireland over bug that made private tweets public, in world first for EU data privacy law

Ireland has fined the company €450,000 for its failure to quickly report the breach, which was the result of a bug in the Android app.

It is the first time that a US company has been fined under a new data privacy system instituted in the EU as part of its General Data Protection Regulation regime.

The fine related to an issue in Twitter’s app that emerged in 2019. A technical problem meant that tweets that were supposed to be protected could be viewed by the public, the Irish Data Protection Commission said.

Source: Twitter fined by Ireland over bug that made private tweets public, in world first for EU data privacy law | The Independent

FTC launches sweeping privacy study of top tech platforms

The Federal Trade Commission is launching a new inquiry into the privacy and data collection practices of major tech firms including Amazon, TikTok owner ByteDance, Twitter, YouTube and Facebook as well as its subsidiary WhatsApp.

The agency wants much of the usage and engagement data the platforms collect on their users, the metrics they use for measuring such things and short- and long-term business strategies, among many other areas of inquiry.

Source: Scoop: FTC launches sweeping privacy study of top tech platforms – Axios

Chinese embassy blames hackers for retweet of Trump’s claim that Democrats cheated in election

The Chinese embassy in the U.S. said its Twitter account was hacked after it retweeted a baseless claim from President Donald Trump that the Democrats cheated in the election.

“If somebody cheated in the Election, which the Democrats did, why wouldn’t the Election be immediately overturned? How can a Country be run like this?,” Trump tweeted on Wednesday, without any evidence.

The Chinese embassy then retweeted it in a moment captured by one Reuters reporter.

Source: Chinese embassy blames hackers for retweet of Trump’s claim that Democrats cheated in election

Twitter data breach decision due on December 17

Despite “very divergent views” between EU data protection authorities over a case of data breaches by Twitter, a final decision on the bloc’s first major cross-border online privacy case is due to be published on December 17th, it has been revealed.

Irish Data Commissioner Helen Dixon said on Thursday (3 December) that talks with fellow EU data protection regulators had been beset by “high levels of dispute” on a final decision as to Twitter’s punishment following a 2019 disclosure on a bug in its Android app. The bug had led to some Twitter users’ protected tweets being made public.

Source: Twitter data breach decision due on December 17: Irish data regulator – EURACTIV.com

Twitter could face its first GDPR penalty within days

European data protection regulators have inched toward an enforcement decision for a Twitter breach that the company publicly disclosed in 2019, after a majority of EU data supervisors agreed to back a draft settlement submitted earlier by Ireland’s Data Protection Commission (DPC).

Twitter disclosed the bug in its ‘Protect your tweets’ feature at the start of last year — saying at the time that some Android users who’d applied its setting to make their tweets non-public may have had their data exposed to the public Internet since as far back as 2014.

Source: Twitter could face its first GDPR penalty within days | TechCrunch

Twitter Data-Breach Case Won’t Be Resolved Before Year’s End

European privacy regulators are unlikely to issue a final ruling on Twitter’s handling of a 2019 data breach before the end of the year, Ireland’s data commissioner said.

Under the General Data Protection Regulation, the European Union’s 2018 data privacy law, Twitter faces a fine of up to 2% of its global revenue last year, or roughly $69 million, for failing to disclose the breach within 72 hours.

Helen Dixon, head of Ireland’s Data Protection Commission, in May submitted a draft decision to more than two dozen of the bloc’s privacy regulators for review, as required under the law. Eleven regulators objected to the proposed ruling, sparking a lengthy dispute-resolution mechanism, she said. The contents of the draft decision haven’t been disclosed.

Source: Twitter Data-Breach Case Won’t Be Resolved Before Year’s End, Ireland’s Regulator Says – WSJ

Twitter Sued Over ‘Inadvertent’ Use Of Phone Numbers For Advertising

Twitter has been hit with a lawsuit for allegedly drawing on users’ phone numbers to serve them with targeted ads.

Complaintant claims Twitter violated a Washington state law regarding the unlawful procurement of telephone numbers. Complaint comes almost one year after Twitter said it “inadvertently” allowed marketers to target people based on phone numbers and emails collected for security purposes.

Source: Twitter Sued Over ‘Inadvertent’ Use Of Phone Numbers For Advertising 09/23/2020

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