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Expert: Case Shows “Privacy Is Big Business”

SOCIAL NETWORKING—U.S.

August 30, 2012

American Public Media interviews George Washington University Law Prof. Orin Kerr to analyze Twitter’s recent court appeal. Kerr said “the ultimate question in this case is whether, when you send your stuff to Twitter, does it become Twitter’s, and anyone can look at it? Or is it still your private communication?” The judge in the case said individuals give up their expectation of privacy once they communicate a message to the world. According to Kerr, Twitter is likely appealing the case because “privacy is a big business,” adding, “Twitter has a strong incentive to try to protect the privacy rights of its customers.”
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