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Twitter Can't Keep Protestor's Data From Cops--Or That Of 679 Others This Year

Sparrowvsrevolution (1926150) writes | more than 2 years ago

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Sparrowvsrevolution (1926150) writes "On Monday, Twitter published its first-ever Transparency Report, detailing how many times governments around the world demanded its users’ information and asked it to remove content. The results show that the U.S. government asked for more Twitterers’ private data than all other governments combined: 679 requests in the first half of 2012, of which 75% were at least partially granted. That's more than all of last year with half of 2012 still to go.

Within hours, the issue of governments helping themselves to Twitter users' private data was illustrated in the case of Malcolm Harris, an Occupy Wall Street protestor who had his Twitter data subpoenaed in a criminal case for “disorderly conduct." Twitter had fought the request, which will help prosecutors identify Harris as the tweets' source. But a Manhattan judge ruled that users have no expectation of privacy for their Twitter data."

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