Jan 262013
 January 26, 2013  Posted by  Court, Govt, Surveillance, U.S.

Cyrus Farivar reports:

On Friday, a federal appeals court in Virginia ruled (PDF) that three activists involved in a WikiLeaks investigation have no right to find out what companies the government sought information from other than Twitter.

In November 2011, a district court judge found that prosecutors could compel Twitter to give up specific information on the three accounts, including IP addresses, direct messages, and other data.


Specifically the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals rejected the argument that the public had a right to access such records under the First Amendment, as well as the fact that the case was in the public interest. The court ruled that such orders were part of the investigation and needed to stay sealed.

Read more on Ars Technica.

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