A New York state court has already ordered Twitter to hand over user data associated with an Occupy protestor. Twitter, however, challenged the order, telling authorities that users own the content published to its site and are entitled under the law to challenge demands for that content.
The American Civil Liberties Union has applauded Twitter’s line in the sand. “Law enforcement agencies — both the federal government and state and city entities — are becoming increasingly aggressive in their attempts to obtain information about what people are doing on the Internet,” the ACLU said.
“If Internet users cannot protect their own constitutional rights, the only hope is that Internet companies do so.”
Google and Twitter did not respond to TheDC’s requests for comment. Facebook declined to comment.