Twitter refuses to hand member information to police

31/01/2013 04:30

Despite a series of high profile cases involving so-called “trolling”, computer hacking, harassment and abuse via anonymous accounts, Twitter provided information to investigators just once in the second half of last year, its second biannual Transparency Report said.

It was the only time Twitter provided British authorities with information in full or in part, out of 25 requests. Details of the case were not made public.

In comparison, authorities in the United States asked for information about Twitter members on 815 occasions and received it in full or part in 562 cases.

Those domestic requests accounted for the lion’s share of the 1,009 total, with Brazil in second with 34 and Britain third. Brazilian police were slightly more successful than the British however, receiving information in four cases.

Twitter said it refused requests that did not relate to a specific account, were “overly broad” or when members challenged them.

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