FTC Announces Settlement
PRIVACY LAW—U.S.March 15, 2011
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has announced its settlement with Twitter over allegations that the site failed to safeguard user information has been finalized. PCMag reports that the settlement, first announced in 2010, found "Twitter deceived consumers and put their privacy at risk," and bans the social network from "misleading consumers about the extent to which it protects the security and privacy of non-public information" for the next 20 years. The settlement requires Twitter to establish a security program. In a statement, Twitter noted, "Even before the agreement, we'd implemented many of the FTC's suggestions and the agreement formalizes our commitment to those security practices."