WASHINGTON, D.C. – Whistleblower Peiter “Mudge” Zatko testified today before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee about the Twitter’s rampant data privacy and security deficits. Cheyenne Hunt-Majer, Big Tech accountability advocate for Public Citizen, released the following statement:
“Mudge’s testimony sparks a terrifying prospect: If teenagers, thieves, and low-level employees can infiltrate Twitter’s troves of intimate user data, imagine what bad actors can do. It underscores the dire need for lawmakers and regulators to act with urgency and rein in Big Tech in the interest of user safety, national security, and the integrity of our democracy.
“Mudge is right that we need a dedicated whistleblower office within the FTC. The agency should use all its available authority – including its recently proposed rulemaking on commercial surveillance – to craft and enforce meaningful privacy regulations. Platforms with a history of misconduct should not be allowed to grade their own homework.”