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Judge: Twitter Must Release User Data

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

November 11, 2011

A federal judge yesterday ruled that Twitter must disclose to the Department of Justice (DoJ) information on three users believed to be associated with WikiLeaks, The New York Times reports. The DoJ demanded the company release their Internet protocol (IP) addresses, but the account holders--an American, a Dutch citizen and an Icelandic parliamentarian--argued that doing so would violate their privacy. But Judge Liam O'Grady of the United States District Court said the petitioners "knew or should have known that their IP information was subject to examination by Twitter, so they had a lessened expectation of privacy in that information, particularly in light of their apparent consent to the Twitter terms of service and privacy policy." (Registration may be required to access this story.)   
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