Privacy Rights Don't Cover Public Tweets, Judge Says

Law360, New York (July 2, 2012, 6:42 PM EDT) -- A New York state judge ruled Saturday that the disclosure of publicly posted tweets would not violate an arrested Occupy Wall Street protestor's privacy rights, rejecting Twitter Inc.'s arguments that the Manhattan district attorney should not be allowed to subpoena this information.

In ordering Twitter to turn over protestor Malcolm Harris' tweets and subscriber information, criminal court Judge Matthew A. Sciarrino Jr. found that the district attorney's subpoena request did not violate the Fourth Amendment because Twitter had failed to show either a physical intrusion onto...
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