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NY Judge Orders Twitter to Turn Over an Occupy Protester's Tweets


San Francisco-based Twitter is under orders from a New York City judge to turn over tweets from an Occupy protester.
Privacy lawyers are concerned about the judge's decision that Twitter owns all of a Wall Street protester's tweets, and now must turn them over to prosecutors.
For starters, they fear it could chill free speech if cops only need a subpoena to read everything you've ever put on social media.  Plus, it means you're dependent on the company that owns your data to fight to protect your privacy.  Hanni Fakhoury is with the Electronic Frontier Foundation.   
"With all of this data being stored by these technology companies, the majority of them being here in the Bay Area, are they willing to stand up and defend their users' privacy and users' rights in court? The record is not so good," said Fakhoury.
He says in the New York case, Twitter did step up to the plate.  But it lost the argument that its users have an expectation of privacy.  The judge says posting a tweet is as public as screaming from a window. 
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