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United States Privacy Digest | Lawmakers urge Twitter investigation, seek answers on data, privacy protections Related reading: California privacy: 2022-23 legislative wrap-up



  • Seven U.S. senators have called for investigations into "any breach" of Twitter's 2011 consent decree with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission "or other violations of our consumer protection laws." In a letter to FTC Chair Lina Khan, the senators expressed concerns over the platform's new verification services and the recent departure of key privacy executives. They urged the commission to bring enforcement actions against any breaches or business practices, "including bringing civil penalties and imposing liability on individual Twitter executives where appropriate."
  • Democratic U.S. lawmakers questioned how Elon Musk is protecting data and privacy on Twitter following his purchase of the platform, Politico reports. U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill., said Musk should be held liable for his "conscious decision" to violate a 2011 consent decree with the FTC "in which Twitter pledged, unequivocally, to protect consumer data." Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., said the FTC is obligated to ensure Twitter is meeting its "responsibilities under the law and agreements with regulators." 

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