Twitter’s data security capability has been called into question after the email address of popular television celebrity Jonathan Ross, who recently unveiled a book club on the website, was made accessible via the website’s search feature.
Ross, who currently has more than 200,000 followers on the website, included his email address in a private message to another Twitter member. But, instead of being sent to the user, the message was accidentally posted as a regular Twitter update by Ross, leaving his email address exposed to his followers.
Although the slipped post was soon removed, a copy of the update was made available using the advanced search capabilities of the website.
With the soaring usage of Twitter at both professional as well as home environs, such feature of finding deleted post could pose serious privacy risks to the users.
Criticising the way Twitter works, Graham Cluley, a senior technology consultant at IT security firm Sophos, said in a statement, “There is no reason for Twitter to keep those posts and in fact, this is really irresponsible behaviour”. “In Ross's case, his e-mail could have been scooped by spammers or used by fraudsters”, he added.