Twitter data raises question: Who’s following you? Maybe police

Everything is evidence. You might want to remember that the next time you log on.

According to new data released by Twitter on Monday, American police are leading the charge to get users’ info from the popular San Francisco-based microblogging service. Overall, from Jan. 1 through June,  the company received 849 law enforcement requests for individual users’ information, granting 63% of those requests.

American law enforcement accounted for 80% of those information requests compared to other nations, just as Americans are thought to make up a dominant share of the service’s users. U.S. officials made 679 requests, getting what they wanted 75% of the time.

What’s more, the company reported, “We’ve received more government requests in the first half of 2012, as outlined in this initial dataset, than in the entirety of 2011… Read more


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