U.S. activists who thought Twitter was a secure way to communicate during demonstrations may have another thing coming. The New York District Attorney’s Office has begun sending subpoenas to Twitter seeking data on protesters arrested during the Occupy Wall Street protests last year.
Late last week, activist Jeffrey Rae received one such email, which included a copy of a subpoena from the D.A. requesting data from his Twitter account. The letter, which has been published on Scribd, demands that Twitter hand over a list of data, including all public tweets from Rae’s account between September 15 and October 31, 2011.
Other data sought by the D.A.’s office includes name, address, records of session times, the length of those sessions, the types of devices used by Rae to access Twitter and any IP addresses from which he connected.
Rae was one of several hundred people who were arrested on October 1 for attempting to march across the Brooklyn Bridge as part of the ongoing Occupy Wall Street protests. Like others, he was charged with blocking traffic, improper use of a roadway and failure to obey orders.
Rae said he plans on challenging the subpoena in court. The District Attorney’s Office did not respond to inquiries from ReadWriteWeb via telephone or email seeking comment.
This is not the first time Twitter has been asked to hand over data on Occupy Wall Street protestors. In February, activist Malcom Harris got a similar notice from Twitter’e legal department via email. Like Rae, Harris had his lawyer file a motion to challenge the subpoena.
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