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Twitter Ordered to Disclose Data in WikiLeaks Investigation

114986305Twitter stores information, including IP addresses, on individual accounts. A federal judge ruled Thursday that the company can be forced to turn over that information to the government.

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Twitter will have to disclose information, including location-revealing IP addresses, on three account holders currently under investigation for their possible involvement with WikiLeaks, a federal judge ruled this week.

The New York Times reports that the Justice Department requested the information earlier this year, but did so without a warrant, a decision that helped turn the case into "a flash point for online privacy and speech." Twitter contacted the three account holders earlier this year to inform them of the demand for their information. None have been charged with a crime.

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