Twitter Denounces Court Order; Hackers Breach Spammers Accounts
PRIVACY LAW—U.S.May 9, 2012
MSNBC reports on a motion filed by Twitter requesting that a New York court overturn an order mandating the site disclose user data to prosecutors in a case involving an Occupy Wall Street protester. The company's filing claims the court order violates its own terms of service, the Fourth Amendment and California's Uniform Act. In a statement, Twitter wrote, "As we said in our brief, 'Twitter's Terms of Service make absolutely clear that its users own their content.'" Meanwhile, hackers have reportedly breached as many as 55,000 Twitter accounts--publishing their user names and passwords online. The compromised accounts are thought to be those of spammers and not ordinary users, the report states.