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846 clicks; posted to Politics » on 15 Jul 2012 at 11:58 AM (4 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



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2012-07-15 09:07:29 AM  
Unless I'm horribly mistaken about the nature of Twitter, I'm pretty sure that ANYONE can read your feed without doing anything special at all.
 
2012-07-15 09:16:42 AM  

unlikely: Unless I'm horribly mistaken about the nature of Twitter, I'm pretty sure that ANYONE can read your feed without doing anything special at all.


I guess you can "private tweet":

Beyond "public tweets," the Time contributor fears the government may also wind up with access to the protestor's private tweets, alongside IP addressess and other personal data. With such information, Cohen warns, the government could potentially reconstruct where the protestor was on a minute-by-minute basis.

And agreed, the government should need a search warrant to access those. Still, if you think broadcasting "private data" on the internet is a good idea, you may be in for a surprise.
 
2012-07-15 09:19:41 AM  
It won't take them long to read my twitter.

/and they'll be bored.
//and if they go into a TF LP thread, they'll just shake their heads.....
 
2012-07-15 09:24:41 AM  
I'm sure they'd be fascinated by my foursquare updates.
 
2012-07-15 09:40:56 AM  
Follow me @FloorPoop
 
2012-07-15 10:04:15 AM  
Or, for that matter, any of us. If the ruling provides the state access to such information without a search warrant, Cohen frets the court might be opening the gates to broad government intrusion into the private lives of Internet users.

Maybe I'm missing a finer point of the legal system here, but isn't that a stretch? In this case, prosecutors "asked" Twitter for the information, Twitter said "no", and the judge ordered Twitter to hand it over. Isn't that the same thing as a search warrant, even if not technically called one? The judge didn't say Twitter has to comply with any request; just this one... right?
 
2012-07-15 11:41:21 AM  

serial_crusher: Or, for that matter, any of us. If the ruling provides the state access to such information without a search warrant, Cohen frets the court might be opening the gates to broad government intrusion into the private lives of Internet users.

Maybe I'm missing a finer point of the legal system here, but isn't that a stretch? In this case, prosecutors "asked" Twitter for the information, Twitter said "no", and the judge ordered Twitter to hand it over. Isn't that the same thing as a search warrant, even if not technically called one? The judge didn't say Twitter has to comply with any request; just this one... right?


I am Sparticus!
 
2012-07-15 11:51:18 AM  
Ooops. ok, Spartacus
 
2012-07-15 12:10:28 PM  
The Soviets went to great expense to pay thousands of informants and agents to keep tabs on the their civilian population and it resulted in widespread fear, the occasional defection and generally low morale.

Here in America, the population voluntarily spies on itself via facebook and twitter, everybody loves it and there's even a profit made on the whole thing.


What a country!
 
2012-07-15 12:25:47 PM  

basemetal: if they go into a TF LP thread, they'll just shake their heads.....


No kidding. However I still self-edit my posts as if Big Brother was reading over my shoulder.

/because he is
 
2012-07-15 12:36:58 PM  
Good.

I've tweeted a lot of good tips on how to make society better, provide jobs and shelters for the homeless (gazebos for shelters and power-generating stationary-bikes that pay change for power) and probably a lot of other good stuff the government should get working on right away.

Get to it spooks!
 
2012-07-15 12:42:51 PM  
@nsa is now following you.

What?
 
2012-07-15 12:45:10 PM  
The Library of Congress is already archiving every public tweet.
 
2012-07-15 12:49:04 PM  
I don't say anything to anyone that I wouldn't want the government to know about, unless I'm sans-phone in the woods near a babbling brook.
 
2012-07-15 12:53:52 PM  
"And while my Client may or may not of Stood on the rooftop with a megaphone and shouted his intention to kill people, the government still needs a search warant to listen to said shouts."
 
2012-07-15 01:06:21 PM  

serial_crusher: Or, for that matter, any of us. If the ruling provides the state access to such information without a search warrant, Cohen frets the court might be opening the gates to broad government intrusion into the private lives of Internet users.

Maybe I'm missing a finer point of the legal system here, but isn't that a stretch? In this case, prosecutors "asked" Twitter for the information, Twitter said "no", and the judge ordered Twitter to hand it over. Isn't that the same thing as a search warrant, even if not technically called one? The judge didn't say Twitter has to comply with any request; just this one... right?


Not a lawyer, but I'm thinking you're correct. Its called a subpoena. My business has been served with them for cases somewhat unrelated to us. We weren't served with a "warrant" because it wasn't a criminal trial against us. They wanted private documents about another company, and we provided them.

Nothing to see here, its how the legal system works.

Also, don't store information with a third party if you don't want it to possibly be given to the government via subpoena. Email, twitter, voicemail, whatever.
 
2012-07-15 01:57:57 PM  
What's a twitter?
 
2012-07-15 02:06:22 PM  

Curse of the Goth Kids: The Soviets went to great expense to pay thousands of informants and agents to keep tabs on the their civilian population and it resulted in widespread fear, the occasional defection and generally low morale.

Here in America, the population voluntarily spies on itself via facebook and twitter, everybody loves it and there's even a profit made on the whole thing.


What a country!



No twitter and no facebook here.

Never will be.
 
2012-07-15 02:06:31 PM  

bwilson27: What's a twitter?


Slightly less quality than twittest.
 
2012-07-15 04:11:08 PM  
hurr derp so much for Hope and Change
 
2012-07-15 04:21:05 PM  

St_Francis_P: With such information, Cohen warns, the government could potentially reconstruct where the protestor was on a minute-by-minute basis.


They can already do that with cell phones. And considering that a lot of protestors use mobiles to organize.. eep.
 
2012-07-15 04:29:40 PM  
good. they should. maybe then they'd stop saying "The American people do/don't want this/that."
 
2012-07-15 04:34:30 PM  

violetvolume: good. they should. maybe then they'd stop saying "The American people do/don't want this/that."


That's funny, you think they care in the least what the American people do or don't want. Look at that farce of a petition website on whitehouse.gov if you want proof of that.
 
2012-07-15 04:47:40 PM  
They came for the twitterers, but I did not have twitter so I did nothing.
Then they came for the facebookers, but I didn't use facebook so I did nothing.
Then they came for the fakers and vengence rained down like the fist of an angry God.
Don't fark with my fark!
 
2012-07-15 05:11:33 PM  

Ambivalence: Don't fark with my fark!


No need to fear the government on that one. All that threatens Fark lies within.
 
2012-07-15 07:27:04 PM  

SilentStrider: I'm sure they'd be fascinated by my foursquare updates.


Can you imagine if the Feds have a spider for the term "mayor"? SilentStrider has just ousted Brigid F. as mayor of Sheboygan!

"A coup! Roll 'em, boys!"
 
2012-07-15 08:15:55 PM  

AcademGreen: The Library of Congress is already archiving every public tweet.


On the one hand it's alarming. On the other it's good to know that brilliant classics such as 50 Shades of Glasgow will be saved for eternity.

Ex - "It's me or the dug" Stacey screamed "Aye well at least shes one biatch that disny moan when a poke her arse" Joe snapped.

Her coldsore filled lips engulfed his ginger boaby, slowly moving up she parted his bowlcut fringe kissing him sharing half her doublemint


Class.
 
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