Thursday, July 05, 2012

ACLU comments on government subpoena on Twitter log of an Occupy protestor


Aden Fine has an important blog post (July 2) on the ACLU web site about a case in New York where a judge denied a motion to “quash” a subpoena to Twitter about an “Occupy Wall Street” protestor. The court order would have revealed not just the contents of his tweets (already available worldwide, at least in te past), but also the IP addresses and physical location (maybe) of the person when writing the tweets.

The blog posting is here

The government maintains that it (sometimes) needs such information to research significant intelligence leaks and possibly intervene in terror threats.

It’s all curious. I thought protestors “had nothing to hide.” 

As I've noted, the capability of websites to garner information from server logs about web visits can give them a lot of intelligence on the intentions of visitors, and has a bearing on the "do not track" debate. 

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