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Twitter admits about bug in Android app that leaked protected tweets for years

If you are an Android user and have a twitter account, it is time for you be alert. The microblogging site has recently discovered a bug which has been exposing protected tweets for quite sometime now. Twitter also acknowledged the security flaw in its ‘Help Centre’ after discovering the bug. The bug caused Android apps to disable “Protect your Tweets” in settings after making changes to account settings. From November 3, 2014 to January 14, 2019 many email addresses which the twitter accounts are made of, were altered.

The company said that it has finally fixed the problem. It gave assurance to web and iOS users that they won’t experience anything of such nature. The issue, as twitter said, was fixed on January 14. Twitter cannot ascertain how many users have been affected as of now. So, it is contacting the users one by one and turning the setting back on for the affected ones. The micro-blogging site is advising users to be on the safer side and check their privacy settings. This, according to twitter would ensure that desired preferences are reflected as they were meant to be.

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Twitter is now facing a privacy investigation for the protected tweets security flaw by Irish Data Protection Commission (DPC). This investigation is going on in addition to another investigation twitter is already going through. That is the EU investigation for data-collection issues under GDPR rules.

DPC head of communications, Graham X Doyle said to Bloomberg, “The DPC opened a statutory inquiry in late 2018 into Twitter’s obligation under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) to implement technical and organisational measures to ensure the security and safeguarding of the personal data it processes following the receipt of a number of breach notifications from the company since May 25, 2018. This inquiry is ongoing.”

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