Facebook Ordered By New York Court To Give User Info
Facebook has to turn over information about users in New York state suspected of Social Security fraud.
The warrants, which applied to 381 users’ photos, private messages and other account information, could only be challenged by individual defendants after prosecutors gathered evidence, the Manhattan-based court unanimously ruled.
Facebook was backed in the case by a group of large Internet companies including GoogleInc and Microsoft Corp, which argued the case could set a troubling precedent giving prosecutors access to all kinds of digital information.
Internet companies are pushing back broadly against U.S. intelligence and law enforcement agencies’ demands for customer data, in the wake of revelations by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden of wide-ranging online surveillance.