Twitter was recently forced by a court in New York to turn over the records of a suspect in a case related to an Occupy Wall Street protest on the Brooklyn Bridge, and many have criticized the company for doing so.
However, Dick Costolo, the chief executive officer for Twitter, recently defended his company, saying that it did all in its power to avoid turning over the requested data, according to a report from PC Pro
. In particular, he noted that the company's position is that it should do all it can to protect its users from legal challenges. He further noted that Twitter was put in a difficult situation because it defended the suspect's rights to privacy but eventually had to turn over the data.
"We strongly believe it's important for us to defend our users' right to protest the forced publication of their private information," he said at the recent Online News Association conference in San Francisco, according to the site. Eduard Goodman
, chief privacy officer for Identity Theft
911, writes regularly about the issues consumers face when it comes to their privacy online.
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