In a letter addressed to CEO Parag Agrawal, senior members of the Senate Judiciary Committee asked Twitter about the steps the company is taking to secure personal data on its platform; how it protects against insider threats and foreign intelligence operatives; and allegations that it intentionally misled regulators about Twitter’s user privacy, allegations that could result in billions of dollars in fines for Twitter if proven.
The letter requests a response from Twitter by September 26.
“If accurate, Zatko’s allegations demonstrate an unacceptable disregard for data security that threatens national security and the privacy of Twitter’s users,” wrote Sens. Dick Durbin and Chuck Grassley, the panel’s top Democrat and Republican, in the letter.
Twitter has pushed back on Zatko’s claims, accusing him of painting a “false narrative” about the company. It has said that while members of the product and engineering teams have the kind of access Zatko describes, only those with a specific business rationale have access to the live Twitter product. It has also said that Twitter has internal processes to deactivate and begin deleting the data of users who cancel their accounts, but the company has not said whether it typically completes that process. And the company has not publicly addressed Zatko’s allegations of possible foreign intelligence compromise.