Judge orders Twitter to turn over massive number of tweets
Just when you think the government couldn’t get any more intrusive in your life, well, they just did. A court order signed and delivered by Judge Matthew A. Sciarrino ordered Twitter to turn over Malcolm Harris’s tweets no matter how seemingly lame they may actually be.
The order stems from the now famous Occupy Wall Street movement when 700 people + Malcolm Harris were arrested for disorderly conduct when thy were stopped by police for partaking in an ‘Occupy’ protest on the Brooklyn bridge.
The judge himself ordered that Twitter must turn over 3 and a half months worth of Malcolm’s tweets, otherwise they could face legal action themselves as this is one of the first times Twitter has actually been ordered to comply with such requests.
Monday’s decision could however cause significant trouble for Twitter as the main reason they don’t often comply with these types of requests, is imply because of the information it would provide to outside parties other than Twitter.
Such an order would not only deliver Malcolm’s tweets to the district courts office, it would also release things like his IP address, e-mail address, and location of the incident at the time — which is against U.S privacy laws.