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U.S. Judge upholds investigators’ access to Twitter data

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November 11, 2011
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A District Judge in the U.S. upheld Thursday an earlier order that Twitter must provide certain types of information of account holders to government investigators working on the WikiLeaks case, and declined to unseal records that could provide information on whether the prosecutors had tried to get similar information from other Internet companies.

The Judge also defended the secrecy surrounding the order for information, stating that surprise in the execution of the order may be even more important than speed, because electronic evidence can be destroyed more easily than physical evidence.

The Twitter accounts at issue are those of Birgitta Jnsdttir, a member of the Icelandic parliament, Jacob Appelbaum, and Rop Gonggrijp, who had objected to earlier rulings by United States Magistrate Judge Theresa Carroll Buchanan.

via ComputerWorld, continued here.