DOJ Calls For Dismissal Of Twitter Transparency Lawsuit Over Gov’t Records Requests – 13 January 2015

RT logoThe US Department of Justice has called for the dismissal of a lawsuit filed by Twitter, in which the social network alleges its First Amendment rights are violated when the government forbids it to reveal national security requests for user data.

Twitter’s lawsuit concerns the publishing of transparency reports that detail government requests for customer information. A deal struck in January 2014 between the Department of Justice (DOJ) and five technology companies relaxed restrictions on disclosure, but Twitter has argued that the deal did not go far enough in allowing the companies to reveal exactly how many orders it gets from the government and “what types of legal process have not been received.”

In a court filing last week, the DOJ said its nondisclosure policies do not violate the First Amendment, given that national security matters deserve special treatment.

“The additional material that Twitter seeks to publish is information that the Government has judged is properly protected classified national security information, the disclosure of which would risk serious harm to national security,” the DOJ wrote in a motion filed Friday in the US District Court for the Northern District of California.

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