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Twitter's New Transparency Report: Governments Still Want Your Data 30

Posted by samzenpus
from the lets-have-a-look dept.
Nerval's Lobster writes "All your Tweets are belong to us... with a court order. Twitter's second transparency report reinforces what many already know: governments want online user data, and to yank select content from the Internet. Twitter's first two transparency reports cover the entirety of 2012, so there's not a deep historical record to mine for insight. Nonetheless, that year's worth of data shows all types of government inquiry—information requests, removal requests, and copyright notices—either on the increase or holding relatively steady. Governments requested user information from Twitter some 1,009 times in the second half of 2012, up slightly from 849 requests in the first half of that year. Content-removal requests spiked from 6 in the first half of 2012 to 42 in the second. Meanwhile, copyright notices declined a bit, from 3378 in the first half of 2012 to 3268 in the second."
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Twitter's New Transparency Report: Governments Still Want Your Data

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    by Anonymous Coward

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  • by gatfirls (1315141) on Monday January 28, 2013 @05:31PM (#42720601)
    You know it's coming. Hit post then immediately a popup appears informing you of your eRrest warrant and eNdictment prompting you for your plea.
    • Don't worry, what with the Cyber War waging you'll be given the option to join a crack eCommando unit; "The Dirty 0xC"

  • The government (which is usually read "law enforcement" or "the court system") has *always* wanted your data - and via search warrant and/or subpoenas has *always* been able to either get it from third parties or to compel you to hand it over yourself. With increasing amounts of our lives involving the 'net, it should be about as surprising (and panic worthy) as the sun rising in the morning that the government is taking an interest in data located on the 'net.

    As I said in reference to Google's transparenc

  • ....faced with.

    I have found that my tweets have been censored. Any tweet I make with a link do not make it into any hash thread included in the tweet.
    It wasn't always like this as there was a time I could and I see people doing it today, so why are my tweets being censored?

    Here is an example and the nature of my tweet that triggered off this censorship. Oddly enough even the White House petition site (where teh death star petition got near 35,000 signers) provides an option to share the petition link with b

  • Google has been revealing (via their own transparency reports) that governments want your searches, email, and whatnot that are stored on their servers. Twitter is telling people that the governments are doing the same. I don't think it'll really hit home until Facebook follows suit. Only then will people really "get it" that the government is mining the details of your online life to do whatever they want with it.

    I said this before on here: Big Brother was made "cool" and the public welcomed it with open a

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