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Court Orders Twitter To Disclose Names

PRIVACY LAW—FRANCE & U.S.

June 14, 2013

San Francisco Chronicle reports on a French case that “threatens to undermine” Twitter's record of keeping user identities private and raises questions about how non-U.S. rulings against U.S. companies will be enforced. The report references a French court’s ruling this week ordering “Twitter to disclose the names of users who tweeted anti-Semitic remarks,” noting the court determined “Twitter was ultimately responsible for the content on its website.” The report questions the enforceability of the law, noting “Twitter says it tries to comply with all local country laws” but “has made it clear it will default to American laws,” while the French ruling states that “adhering to French law is not optional.”
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