Sunday, March 20, 2011

U.S. Government Wins Access to WikiLeaks-Related Twitter Accounts

A federal magistrate judge in Virginia ruled Friday (pdf) that the government has the right to obtain the private records of a group of Twitter users in furtherance of its WikiLeaks investigation. The American Civil Liberties Union and Electronic Frontier Foundation challenged the government's efforts to obtain the records, arguing violations of the users' First and Fourth Amendment rights.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Theresa Carroll Buchanan sided with the government, ruling that because no divulgement of content is being requested — only documents pertaining to the identification of Twitter users — that there is no Constitutional argument.

The ACLU and EFF plan to appeal the ruling.

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