Musk may have violated FTC order regarding privacy and security practices: US Department of Justice

In a recent lawsuit filed on behalf of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the US Department of Justice (DOJ) raised concerns that Elon Musk, X Corp. (former Twitter) CEO, may have violated the 2022 FPK order on privacy and security practices. DOJ filing urges judge to dismiss X Corp. request to terminate the nondisclosure agreement and grant Musk immunity from testimony.

According to a report by Axios, the filing alleges that Musk exerted significant influence over X Corp.’s operations, potentially compromising data privacy and security. It highlights Musk’s key insights into the company’s current data practices and efforts to meet 2022. administrative order because X Corp. the proposal is considered unreasonable.

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The move marks the latest effort by the U.S. government to hold X Corp., formerly Twitter, accountable for a longstanding privacy agreement. Last year, Twitter paid a whopping $150 million. Later, several members of the security and privacy team resigned, citing concerns about actions that could violate the decree. In March, Twitter sought court intervention to end the consent decree.

The statement highlights revelations in recent depositions that shed light on the troubled environment at the company. That raises important questions about the oversight of Musk and other leaders like X Corp. held in 2022 administrative order.

Lea Kissner, Twitter’s former chief information security officer, testified that decisions influenced by Musk and others about major layoffs and cost-cutting measures prevented X Corp. from implementing critical technical restrictions and controls. These measures were essential to ensure that contact data was used strictly for its intended purpose. As the legal process unfolds, the case brings to the fore critical questions about privacy and security practices at tech corporations, and Elon Musk is at the center of this latest legal oversight.

Godfrey Kemp

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