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Protester Pleads Guilty, Advocates Eye Appeal

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

December 13, 2012

Occupy Wall Street protestor Malcolm Harris has pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct, paving the way for Harris to appeal the judge’s ruling that he has no legal right to challenge a subpoena served on Twitter for his posts, Reuters reports. The case has caught the eye of some privacy advocates, the report states, as it set a precedent that social media users do not own their content. Harris said, “Setting a legal precedent on how this material can be used is much more important” than the criminal charges levied against him. American Civil Liberties Union Lawyer Aden Fine said, “This case demonstrates why the law needs to keep up with technology.”
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