Twitter reached a settlement on March 14 with the Federal Trade Commission regarding data security breaches that exposed users' information to hackers. The FTC had accused Twitter of failing to safeguard user privacy and of misleading its users about its security practices. The settlement does not include monetary damages. However, it does ban Twitter from misleading its users about security and privacy policies, and it also requires the microblogging site to establish and maintain an information-security program that is to be independently audited every two years. "The FTC's settlement with Twitter sends a clear message to online social networking sites about neglecting to secure users' data and implementing inadequate security practices," says Keli Johnson, an attorney with Scott & Scott, LLP. "However, it is equally important for users to be circumspect about sharing personal information online." For more information, please contact Ms. Johnson at 800-596-6176 or