The Electronic Frontier Foundation and UC Berkeley's Samuelson Center filed suit yesterday in California's Northern District, requesting that the court force a number of government agencies to release any documents they may have concerning the use of social networking sites as part of their investigative procedures. The two groups had previously sent a number of Freedom of Information Act requests to the branches of a half-dozen federal agencies starting in early October. But all they have received in return is an acknowledgement that the requests were received by one agency, the IRS, who proceeded to request a 10-day extension. Since the FOIA requires that a response be made within 20 days, the suit ultimately requests that a legal order be issued for the release of the desired information.The requests went out to everyone from the... --..
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The High Court in the UK has granted permission for an injunction to be served via the social-networking site Twitter. The order to be served is against an anonymous Twitter user who posts to the site using the same name as a right-wing political blogger named Donal Blaney. The order demands that the anonymous Twitter user reveal their identity as well as no longer posing as Donal Blaney, who blogs at a site called Blaney's Blarney.This is all on the grounds that posting as someone else breaches copyright laws. Mr Blaney turned to Twitter to serve the injunction after realizing how lengthy the process of contacting Twitter headquarters in California and asking them to remedy the matter would be. Luckily for Blaney, UK law states that an injunction can be served in person... --..