Saturday, March 12, 2011

Twitter Ordered to Hand Over User Info for WikiLeaks Case

On Friday, March 11, a federal magistrate judge in Virginia ruled that Twitter must hand over all of the records concerning three of its users who are part of an investigation into WikiLeaks.

On December 14, 2010, there was a court filing that required Twitter to hand over private information about the users’ accounts. At first the government wished for the proceedings to be kept private, but the documents were unsealed at the request of different lawyers from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF).

The users whose account information is being investigated are Rop Gonggrijp, Jacob Appelbaum, and Birgitta Jonsdottir, a member of the Icelandic Parliament.

Twitter said in a statement, "Our policy is designed to let users defend themselves. Twitter will continue to let the judicial process run its course."

The ACLU and the EFF have said that they both plan to appeal the court’s decision.

"This ruling gives the government the ability to secretly amass private information related to individuals' Internet communications. Except in extraordinary circumstances, the government should not be able to obtain this information in secret. That's not how our system works," Aden Fine, staff attorney with the ACLU Speech, Privacy and Technology Project, said in a statement. "If this ruling stands, our client may be prevented from challenging the government's requests to other companies because she might never know if and how many other companies have been ordered to turn over information about her."

"With so much of our digital private information being held by third parties – whether in the cloud or on social networking sites like Twitter – the government can track your every move and statement without you ever having a chance to protect yourself," said EFF Legal Director Cindy Cohn. "We're disappointed that the court did not recognize that people using digital tools deserve basic privacy and that the government should be required to meet a high standard before it demands private information about you from the online services you use, be they Twitter, Facebook, Gmail or Skype."

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1 comment:

SEO Reseller said...

This is obvious. Of course, evidence will be obtained to enforce the law. It's the usual practice for the ACLU to try to protect the guilty, especially leftists who hate the rule of law in specific and western culture in general.
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