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Social Network Subpoena Fuels Debate

PRIVACY LAW—U.S. & EU

January 11, 2011

EUobserver reports on the implications of a U.S. court order that may give law enforcement officials access to all 637,000 followers of the WikiLeaks account on Twitter. The move, the report states, "has added fuel to the fire of an EU debate on data retention." Members of the European Parliament said on Monday that this move illustrates the need for governments to have checks and balances on access to private data, the report states. "We need to show the U.S. that they can't impose their rules on the whole world and that there is a real possibility for redress and appeal when such orders are issued," said German MEP Jan Philipp Albrecht.
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