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Icelandic MP To Challenge US Court Ruling On Twitter Privacy 132

Posted by Soulskill
from the ain't-over-'till-it's-over dept.
JabrTheHut writes "The Guardian has a story of how Icelandic MP Birgitta Jonsdottir, a former WikiLeaks volunteer, is challenging the U.S.'s acquisition of Twitter account information, IP addresses, mailing addresses and even bank information. The U.S. says it wanted these details to help with its investigation into WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. Jonsdottir said, 'This is a huge blow for everybody that uses social media. We have to have the same civil rights online as we have offline. Imagine if the U.S. authorities wanted to do a house search at my home, go through my private papers. There would be a hell of a fight. It's absolutely unacceptable.'"
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Icelandic MP To Challenge US Court Ruling On Twitter Privacy

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday November 12, 2011 @11:46AM (#38034834)

    "imagine if the U.S. authorities wanted to do a house search at my home, go through my private papers. "

    Your not exactly posting the private papers on social media sites, are you?

  • Quoting Icelanders (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Rei (128717) on Saturday November 12, 2011 @03:11PM (#38036104) Homepage

    Jonsdottir said, 'This is a huge blow for everybody that uses social media.

    Notes to the Guardian (and to Slashdot for just copy-pasting it):

    1) The name is "Jónsdóttir", not "Jonsdottir". I assume you know how to use accented characters; this isn't the 1980s. Jonsdottir is not only incorrect, but it would have a different pronunciation.

    2) "Jónsdóttir" isn't a last name. It's a föðurnafn, or "patronymic". Think of it as an adjective, not a name -- in terms of actual usage, "Birgitta Jónsdóttir" should be thought of as "Birgitta, whose father is Jón." Saying "Jónsdóttir said" is like saying "Whose father is Jón said". You don't refer to people by their patronymics alone; they're only there for when you need clarity. Even phone books in Iceland are sorted by first name.

    Anyway, I was going to make some joke about how, given the typical ignorance of most people about Iceland, and of Americans about the outside world in general, I wouldn't be surprised if the US tried to subpoena her kennitala (Icelandic "Social Security Number" equivalent)... but then I realized that I'd have to take the time to explain what's funny about that and it'd ruin it. ;)

  • by saleenS281 (859657) on Saturday November 12, 2011 @03:55PM (#38036418) Homepage

    The Justice Department obtained the records under a federal statute that allows for the release of non-content Internet records without obtaining a search warrant, which requires prosecutors to demonstrate probable cause.

    No search warrant was obtained. They couldn't even prove probable cause when they attempted to get a warrant, so they found a loophole. Anything else?

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