A Quote for the Day – Watch what you tweet!

“If you post a tweet, just like if you scream it out the window, there is no reasonable expectation of privacy.”

– Manhattan Criminal Court Judge Matthew A. Sciarrino Jr.

Sciarrino ruled Monday that Twitter must turn over some three months’ worth of data from the account of an Occupy Wall Street protester who is being prosecuted on charges of disorderly conduct.

This raises all new questions about freedom of speech as relates to communication technology and will probably lead to even more extreme rulings in the future.


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Posted on July 3, 2012, in Announcement, ethics, government, Internet, Legal, News, Opinion, quote, Technology, Twitter, Warning, Word from Bill. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. I don’t see what questions this raises about freedom of speech. If the data that has to be turned over includes private messages then I could see it raising a question of privacy similar to one which would be raised by demanding all of the posts from a private Facebook account or copies of private emails. However, I think that the analogy between twitter and screaming out of a window is accurate. The whole point of twitter is to broadcast your thoughts to whoever might be listening and this is clearly inconsistent with any expectation that they should be private.

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