Elon Musk, the CEO of Twitter, is urged by Republicans to strengthen data protection for US users
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- November 24, 2022
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After a whistleblower expressed worries about the security of US user data, Senate Republicans asked Musk to conduct an evaluation.
Washington: Senate top Republican Chuck Grassley has urged Elon Musk, who recently acquired Twitter, to conduct a threat assessment on the social enterprise to better protect American user data and follow up on concerns raised by whistleblowers.
Hacker Peter “Mudge” Zatko, a whistleblower who served as Twitter’s security chief until he was fired in January, testified in September that some Twitter employees were concerned that the Chinese government could collect data about Twitter users. business.
In a letter to Musk dated Tuesday and published Wednesday, Grassley, the top Republican on the US Judiciary Committee, asked Twitter to conduct a threat assessment of “Twitter’s current security posture and systems to better protect user data and privacy. He also requested that the Committee staff be informed of the results.
Twitter collects massive amounts of data about US citizens. Americans have a vested interest in ensuring that their private data is secure and that the companies they own
“Your private data was not hacked by foreign agents,” Grassley wrote.
Twitter did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Zatko testified that a foreign agent could use malware to steal personal information from Twitter users and use it to access sensitive data on a person’s phone, among other risks.
The correspondence echoed some of the concerns raised in an earlier letter Grassley and Democrat Dick Durbin sent in September to former CEO Parag Agrawal, who ran the company until October when Musk took over in a $44 deal. billion.
According to Grassley, Agrawal did not respond to the letter, citing a dispute with Musk.
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