Nov 142017
 
 November 14, 2017  Court, Online, Surveillance, U.S.  Add comments

Cogan Schneier reports:

A judge in Washington, D.C., has stepped in to limit the government’s search of Facebook accounts in connection with a criminal investigation into protests during President Donald Trump’s inauguration.

In a decision made public Monday, D.C. Superior Court Chief Judge Robert Morin ruled the government’s law enforcement needs should be balanced with the Fourth and First amendment rights of innocent Facebook users. The judge imposed safeguards on the process, such as requiring the government to file reports under seal about its search protocols in order to limit the exposure of innocent users’ personal and political communications.

Read more on  Law.com (free reg. required).  And yes, this one is a good/important one to read, and reminds me very much of what I have recently been going through with a federal grand jury deciding it could subpoena my details from Twitter for what appears to be the most frivolous of reasons – someone tweeted me a smiley!

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