Twitter Inc. was fined 450,000 euros ($547,000) by its chief European Union data protection watchdog for failing to give a timely warning about a breach that threatened the privacy of Android phone users across the bloc.
Twitter violated EU data protection rules by failing to report a breach within the required 72 hours, Ireland’s Data Protection Commission said Tuesday in a statement. Twitter was also fined over its “failure to adequately document the breach.”
The administrative fine was levied as “an effective, proportionate and dissuasive measure,” the Irish watchdog said.
The US social-media giant last year warned the Irish authority of a potentially disabled privacy setting that put some devices running on Google’s Android mobile operating system at risk. The Irish authority’s investigation started in January 2019. Because it potentially affected users throughout the EU, the regulator had to send the draft findings of its probe to other authorities, dragging out a process that critics complained took far too long.