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[liberationtech] Twitter subpoenas & data retention

Jonathan Ezor jezor at
Tue May 1 15:01:05 PDT 2012


I found this, which may be of value:

>From the same source, something that may generate some useful comparisons:


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From: liberationtech-bounces at [mailto:liberationtech-bounces at] On Behalf Of Douglas Lucas
Sent: Tuesday, May 01, 2012 5:53 PM
To: liberationtech at
Subject: [liberationtech] Twitter subpoenas & data retention

Hi everyone,

I'm working on a freelance piece about Twitter data retention and subpoenas, 2703(d) orders, and other data-retention-related court orders sent to Twitter. (I wrote this other piece for Salon in February: ) I'm aware of the December 2010 2703(d) order the Justice Department sent Twitter for information on Jacob Applebaum, Rop Gonggrijp, Birgitta Jónsdóttir, Bradley Manning, Julian Assange, and WikiLeaks; of the administrative subpoena Boston law enforcement sent Twitter for information on Guido Fawkes, @pOisAnON, @OccupyBoston, #BostonPD and #dOxcak3; and of the subpoena the Manhattan District Attorney's Office sent Twitter for information on the @destructuremal associated with Malcolm Harris, who was arrested at the Brooklyn Bridge during the November 17 Occupy action.

1) Does anyone know of any other prominent, activist-related subpoenas or court orders sent to Twitter?

I also participated in the Privacy International #NOLOGS campaign ( ) aimed at raising awareness about data retention policies and at clarifying what data Twitter retains. For that campaign I asked Twitter Legal for copies of my personal data. (This resulted in them sending me a .zip of .txt files, one of which listed a bunch of phone numbers I presume -- but have yet to doublecheck -- are from my iPhone contacts list via the phone's Twitter app. Now I've been playing with/customizing other phones...)

2) Does anyone know of any other people significantly involved in the Privacy International campaign? I just know of Christopher Soghoian, who participated in it, I think.

Also, if anyone has any thoughts on 3) the future of Twitter data retention, 4) the future of subpoenas and court orders sent to Twitter, or 5) any other suggestions, I'm all ears! I'll be contacting some of the various folks involved soon.

Thanks so much,

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