The communications website Twitter is now legally bound to hand over data on Icelandic politician Birgitta Jonsdottir and two former Wikileaks staff members to American authorities, a US court has ruled.
Twitter must hand over all data and personal information on Jonsdottir and details on all Twitter communication between her and Jacob Appelbaum and Rop Gongrjip.
The data was originally demanded by investigators in connection to the US investigation into the Wikileaks whistleblowing website — but Jonsdottir, Appelbaum and Gongrjip contested that Twitter should not be made to hand the information over because their constitutional rights to freedom-of-speech and personal privacy would be breached.
The partial failure of their case now means that investigators will have access to information on when the three exchanged messages and from which computers, and where. Investigators will not, however, have their request granted to see the actual content of messages sent. Authorities will only be able to see information the three willingly gave to Twitter under its users’ terms and conditions, DV reports.