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Protester’s Posts Provoke Privacy Debate


February 24, 2012

A case involving an Occupy Wall Street protester's Twitter posts has raised concerns among privacy advocates, the Associated Press reports. The Manhattan district attorney has subpoenaed Malcolm Harris's tweets over a three-and-a-half-month period because the posts may contradict Harris's defense in court, the report states. Assistant District Attorney Lee Langston wrote, "He has no proprietary or privacy interest in tweets that he broadcast to every person with access to the Internet." The subpoena reportedly asked Twitter not to disclose that it was sharing information with law enforcement, but the company told prosecutors that its policy is to disclose to users when their information is requested without a warrant or court order. A judge has not yet ruled on the case.
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