The new regulation that allows the user to know what data companies have about him is leaving many surprises, especially among the big technology companies. As security researcher Karan Saini informed TechCrunch, Twitter still has some information that should have been deleted . This is the case of some data such as private messages shared on this social network and belonging to accounts that have already been deleted.
The case of Twitter is different from that of Facebook and is that Marc Zuckerberg’s company is being involved in recent years by too many privacy bugs and misuse of user data. However, the microblogin social network run by Jack Dorsey has more problems related to data storage which, in theory, should have been deleted but whose storage does not pose a risk to users either.
The TechCrunch report describes how Twitter keeps direct messages sent and received by accounts that have been disabled or suspended . This was discovered when Saini downloaded the information stored on Twitter from an email whose account on the social network had been deleted years ago.
This therefore shows that Twitter is not correct when it proceeds to delete an account by reporting that the data related to the account will be deactivated and removed from the databases after 30 days. While Saini insists that this is a “functional error” that would only affect direct messages, it does cast doubt on whether other companies comply with data deletion when deactivating or removing an account.
From Twitter they issued a statement to TechCrunch saying they were “investigating this further to ensure that we have considered the full extent of the problem. It is therefore possible that this failure, in principle unintentional, will be rectified by the company in the coming weeks.