It appears as though Twitter has ignored request from the Boston Police Department and the Suffolk Massachusetts District Attorney’s office that a subpoena for user information be kept under wraps.
In early October, a “hacktivist” group broke into the Boston Police database and copied members’ names, email addresses and passwords, posting this information on a website and tweeting the link through several Twitter accounts, including @OccupyBoston.
According to the Boston Herald, the Suffolk District Attorney’s office issued a subpoena to Twitter sometime since the hacking, asking for user information from an account named @p0isAn0N, including its IP address.
The subpoena also seeks information about the @OccupyBoston Twitter account, although the DA’s office has said that this is not an investigation into the Occupy movement itself.
The owner of the @p0isAn0N account apparently gained access to the subpoena for his or her information on December 23, tweeting the following in response:
“Haha. Boston PD submitted to Twitter for my information. Lololol? For what? Posting info pulled from public domains? #comeatmebro.”
And although Twitter would not comment on whether they did in fact release the subpoena despite the DA’s request not to, Matt Graves, Twitter PR, did tell ReadWriteWeb that,
“…to help users protect their rights, it is our policy to notify our users about law enforcement and governmental requests for their information, unless we are prevented by law from doing so.”
This is not the first time Twitter has informed it’s users of law enforcement requests for their information. Last year, the company handed over the details of a subpoena for IP addresses and other information to Julian Assange and associates at WikiLeaks.