Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Twitter must disclose the identity of three alleged collaborators of Wikileaks

A judge has ruled that Twitter must disclose the identity of three allegedly linked users to the organization Wikileaks . The Department of Justice United States began this research in 2010 , Twitter has had to provide the IP addresses of the three defendants.

The Department of Justice U.S. reawakens the debate about privacy and the right to freedom of expression on the Net This department has ordered Twitter to reveal the identity of three users of the network of microblogging , allegedly linked to the organization Wikileaks. Last month, Google and an ISP (Internet Service Provider, its acronym in English) also had to reveal the account information e-mail from a volunteer organization.

However, if these three Twitter users can generate the most controversy. According to U.S. newspaper picks up The New York Times , the Justice Department requested this information without a court order in 2010. Instead, based on the 1994 law Stored Communications Act called (Stored Communications Act), the government demanded that Twitter provide the IP addresses of the three users, and other data.

Twitter informed the U.S. security expert Jacob Appelbaum, Rop Gonggrijp Dutch citizen and Member of Parliament, Birgitta Jonsdottir earlier this year on the lawsuit filed by the Justice Department.

The defendants argued before the federal court that their IP addresses "should be considered private information" and that the demand for information was too broad and not related to Wikileaks. They also argued that the lawsuit violated his right to freedom of expression.

Meanwhile the trial judge ruled that because these three users IP addresses given "voluntarily" when registering for the first time on Twitter, from that moment gave up their privacy.


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