Okay, this is the kind of ruling I especially dislike. Law.com reports:
Glassdoor Inc., the online job-review site, must comply with a federal grand jury subpoena that seeks identifying information about anonymous users of the website, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday in rejecting the company’s privacy claims.
A panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit upheld an Arizona trial judge who had denied Glassdoor’s effort to quash the grand jury subpoena. The government is seeking information about eight users who posted anonymous reviews about a federal health care contractor under investigation for fraud.
San Francisco-based Glassdoor, represented by a team from Perkins Coie, argued that complying with the subpoena would violate its users’ First Amendment rights to anonymous free speech and to associate privately with a group, a concept known as “associational privacy.”
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And no, I still have no resolution on a grand jury subpoena issued to Twitter for my details and the details of a few lawyers because we were all tagged with an emoji in a tweet by Justin Shafer. Shafer has been charged with cyberstalking an FBI agent in Dallas. I was not even in any conversation with Shafer on Twitter, but for reasons known only to him, he added me to a conversation and tweeted a smiley to me and others. No words. just a smiley. And this justifies a grand jury trying to unmask me on Twitter? Wow….