Twitter Inc (NYSE:TWTR) had filed a lawsuit against the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the United States Department of Justice (DoJ) yesterday. The micro blogging website claimed that it was unable to disclose the number of requests for user information it had received from the security agency in its transparency report. J.R. deBart reported about the lawsuit and its implications on other technology companies that have been exploited by the FBI on TheStreet’s News on The Street.
“Twitter Inc (NYSE:TWTR) is suing the FBI and the Department of Justice to be able to release more information about government surveillance of its users,” reported deBart.
Twitter released its transparency report in July. The report basically deals with details about requests from the Government to access user information from the website. Twitter claimed that it was unable to publish an all-inclusive report as it was barred from divulging accurate information about the number of national security request.
Twitter Inc (NYSE:TWTR) argued that it was legally expected to act on concerns from users regarding the extent of their privacy violations. “Twitter says it’s entitled under the First Amendment to respond to “users’ concerns” and to statements of U.S. government officials by providing information about the scope of U.S. government surveillance,” said deBart.
deBart also mentioned that the US Government has been resorting to dubious methods such as accessing phone networks and online activities of users suspected of acting with malicious intent. There has been rising concerns over privacy violations in recent years with the advent of rampant digital snooping and Twitter Inc (NYSE:TWTR) is not alone. Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ:YHOO), which released its transparency report recently, also claimed that it was threatened with a hefty fine of $250,000 per day for every day that the company delayed in acceding to the Government’s requests to disclose information about its users.
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