Twitter fined in Ireland for error that made some private tweets public

Ireland’s data regulator has fined Twitter 4.50,000 euros (approximately 4 million rupees) for an error that made some private tweets public, in the first sanction against a US company under a new data privacy system from the European Union.

the From the eu The “one stop shop” regime of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) makes the Irish Data Protection Commission the main regulator of Twitter, Facebook, Apple and Google on the block, due to the location of its headquarters in the EU.

GDPR has been in place since 2018, but the Twitter case is the first to use a new dispute resolution system under which a leading national regulator makes a decision before consulting with the other EU national regulators.

Some European Union regulators objected to the preliminary ruling by Ireland’s Twitter when it was issued in May, prompting a referral to the dispute resolution body, the European Data Protection Board, to secure a two-thirds majority among states. members.

Twitter’s fine relates to a 2019 investigation into an error in its Android app, where the protected tweets of some users were made public.

In particular, it was imposed because Twitter “did not notify the DPC of the violation in time and did not adequately document the violation,” the Data Protection Commission said in a statement.

Twitter said in a statement that the delay in reporting the incident was an “unexpected consequence of staffing between Christmas Day 2018 and New Year’s Day” and that it had made changes so that future incidents were reported in a timely manner. timely.

“We take full responsibility for this error and remain fully committed to protecting our customers’ privacy and data, including through our work to quickly and transparently inform the public about issues that occur,” the statement said. , posted on Twitter.

The Irish regulator, which has over 20 major investigations into US tech companies open, has the power to impose fines for violations of up to 4 of a company’s global revenue or € 20 million (roughly Rs 200 million), which that is greater.

Twitter is the subject of at least one other investigation by the Irish regulator.

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