Twitter Probed in EU for Pre-Musk Data Leak of 5.4 Million Users

Ireland’s Data Protection Commission said Friday it decided to start a probe over reports that one or more datasets of users’ personal information “had been made available on the internet.”

“These datasets were reported to contain personal data relating to approximately 5.4 million Twitter users worldwide,” the agency said. “These datasets were reported to map Twitter IDs to email addresses and/or telephone numbers of the associated data subjects.”

The Irish authority said that after discussions with Twitter on the matter, it considers “one or more provisions” of the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation may have been — and may continue to be — infringed. The authority is the lead watchdog for some of Silicon Valley’s biggest tech firms that have set up an EU base in the country. Under GDPR, it wields the power to levy fines of as much as 4% of a company’s annual sales.

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Source: MSN News