Twitter releases user information about theatre shooting threat suspects invading online privacy laws.

Jennifer Granick, the director of civil liberties for Stanford Law School’s Center for Internet and Society, tells ABC News that under the Electronic Communication Privacy Act of 1986, “The law prohibits providers from turning certain information over voluntarily and, if they do, they can be sued.” Previously, Granick served as the Executive Director of the Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law School where she was a lecturer in law. (Click Here for References)

Lawyers through out the nation should begin getting prepared for the onslaught of American privacy that is coming with the new internet world.

After being served a subpoena, Twitter has reportedly turned over personal info pertaining to one of its users. The New York Police Department and state attorneys acquired the subpoena after a user of Twitter wrote that they about to shoot guns inside a Broadway theater.

Twitter officially refused to relinquish private user data to the New York Police Department upon their initial request, the NYPD confirms that the company’s Silicon Valley headquarters have complied with a subpoena that was issued on Tuesday.

The NYPD had asked Twitter to turn over information related to a user whose account posted a string of message beginning earlier this summer.

In an August 1 tweet, the person behind the account in question warned “This $h^t ain’t no joke” and said “people are gonna die just like in aurora,” referring to the massacre at the Aurora Colorado movie theater leaving a dozen people dead. The user then remarked about being able to enter through a theater’s unlocked doors and suggested that he’d open fire at that evening’s Broadway performance of Undisputed Truth, a one-man show feature former boxer Mike Tyson.


The NYPD asked Twitter for the user’s identity right away, the New York Post reports, although the Silicon Valley company did not comply at first.

At first, Twitter refused to volunteer information, instead informing the media of a provision in their guidelines that explains, “If we receive information that gives us a good faith belief that there is an emergency involving the death or serious physical injury to a person, we may provide information necessary to prevent that harm, if we have it.”
Paul Browne, speaking on behalf of the New York Police told ABC News on Tuesday that, because Twitter refused their request, “we dispatched police to cover the theater while we sought a subpoena to force Twitter to disclose the identity of the account holder.”


It was confirmed on Tuesday that Twitter was indeed subpoenaed and as of Wednesday the NYPD says that they have the information relating to the account. They have not yet commented on whether or not they have made any progress in pursuing the case.

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