European regulators are investigating Twitter over security, privacy and data protection issues related to the social media giant's former head of security following a whistleblower complaint about its security measures.
Authorities in France and Ireland confirmed to TechCrunch they were following up on the complaint by Peiter "Mudge" Zatko, who alleged that the company misled oversight bodies over its compliance with local laws.
Zatko alleged Twitter violated the terms of a settlement with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission by claiming it had a security plan, The Washington Post reported.
"We became aware of the issues when we read the media stories [yesterday] and have engaged with Twitter on the matter," Graham Doyle, the deputy commissioner for Ireland's General Data Protection Regulation told the news outlet.
In France, the CNIL, a data protection watchdog, is also investigating the complaint.
"The CNIL is currently studying the complaint filed to the [U.S.] Securities and Exchange Commission, the Federal Trade Commission and the U.S. Department of Justice," the French agency said in a statement Wednesday. "If the accusations are correct, the CNIL could take action leading to legal proceedings or a sanction, if it's clear there were breaches."
One of Zatko allegations said the tech giant misrepresented an update to the platform late last year to comply with orders from the CNIL, Politico reported.
Fox Business has reached out to Twitter.