Warrantless Government Requests For Your Twitter And Google Data Continue To Increase

It seems that using email or social networks, nothing is actually private. The Atlantic Wire reports:

Twitter has released its second biannual Transparency Report and — what do you know? — Twitter is still giving away more user information requested by the U.S. government than ever, and without a warrant.

Twitter got 815 total requests in the last six months, and more than 80 percent of the U.S. government’s asks on user data came without a warrant. Google, too, has seen an uptick in government requests, reporting a total 21,389 requests for information in 2012.

U.S. officials are asking for more of what we’re doing from more of our daily Internet activities — typically without getting a court’s permission. Google, however, is lobbying [for better privacy protection], and this year the Senate will vote on an updated version of the Electronic Communications Privacy Act that requires a warrant for all email and private communication stored over the cloud.

  • http://www.ContraControl.com/ Zenc

    Any solution to this problem will need to be both political and technological.

    Even though I’m not a big believer in “Security through Cryptography” I’ve started using Retroshare.

    It is, at a minimum, a nice way to converse and exchange files between friends without leaving the kinds of collectible data trails that normal Email, IM services, and Social websites generate.


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  • posthumanistic

    Dont all tweets end up in the Library of Congress?

  • I_abide

    Isn’t this mostly a moot point since it’s probably a pretty good bet that much of our social data is being warehoused in a massive data repository. I am currently drawing a blank but I believe there is a massive data center in Utah? I remember reading about it the first time the government got asked about the little secure rooms at telecom hubs.