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.

4 Comments on "Warrantless Government Requests For Your Twitter And Google Data Continue To Increase"

  1. 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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  3. posthumanistic | Feb 4, 2013 at 2:05 pm |

    Dont all tweets end up in the Library of Congress?

  4. 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.

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