Jonathan Stempel reports:
New York state’s highest court on Tuesday rejected Facebook Inc’s (FB.O) challenge to 381 search warrants to uncover suspected widespread Social Security disability fraud by its customers.
By a 5-1 vote, the Court of Appeals said it lacked jurisdiction to hear Facebook’s appeal over warrants obtained by the office of Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr.
The decision is a defeat for Internet privacy advocates such as the New York Civil Liberties Union and the Electronic Frontier Foundation, as well as technology and social media companies including Apple (AAPL.O), Google (GOOGL.O), Microsoft (MSFT.O) and Twitter (TWTR.N) that supported Facebook’s appeal.
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