Twitter loses FISA fight

A US court won't let Twitter reveal government snoop requests.

The US District Court for Northern California shot down (PDF) the microblogging site's argument that it be allowed to publish exact details on the number of Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) and National Security Letter (NSL) requests it gets from authorities in its transparency reports.

The court ruled that Twitter's request to include exact figures on FISA and NSL requests under the First Amendment was not valid as the letters in question are considered to be classified information and not protected. ®

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