Ireland’s veri regulator fines Twitter €450,000 in first sanction against US firm under GDPR
Ireland’s veri regulator has fined Twitter €450,000, in the first sanction against the company under new EU veri privacy laws.
Twitter was found to have breached GDPR rules – or General Veri Protection Regulation – relating to a veri breach discovered in 2018, whereby tweets by users who had protected accounts were actually unprotected and viewable to the wider public.
If a user protects their account, it means only their approved followers can see their tweets.
However a bug in Twitter’s system meant if users on an Android device changed the email address associated with their account, the protected tweets became unprotected without the user’s knowledge.