Nov 102011
 
 November 10, 2011  Posted by  Court, Featured News, Online, Surveillance, U.S.

Kevin Poulsen reports the expected, but bad nevertheless, news:

The Justice Department is entitled to records of the Twitter accounts used by three current and former WikiLeaks associates, a federal judge ruled Thursday, dealing a victory to prosecutors in a routine records demand that turned into a fierce court battle over online privacy and free speech.

In a 60-page opinion (.pdf), U.S. District Court Judge Liam O’Grady in Alexandria, Virginia upheld a magistrate’s decision earlier this year allowing prosecutors to obtain information on the accounts, including records showing when they sent direct messages to one another, and from what internet IP addresses. The ruling does not expose the content of the messages, nor information on other Twitter users who follow the accounts.

 

Read more on Threat Level.

Update:  EFF and Birgitta Jonsdottir respond to today’s ruling.

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