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Last Update on August 01, 2014 07:08 GMT

IN THE NEWS: TWITTER SAYS GOVERNMENT REQUESTS FOR USER DATA GREW SHARPLY

NEW YORK (AP) -- Twitter says government requests for user data grew sharply in the past six months as more countries asked for a greater amount of information about users.

More than half of the requests came from the United States.

Twitter said in a blog post Thursday that it received 2,058 requests from 54 countries in the first six months of the year, including from eight countries that had not previously submitted requests. In the last six months of 2013, the short messaging service received 1,410 requests, the majority of which also came from the U.S. Most Twitter users live outside the U.S.

In addition to account information queries, Twitter says it also received 432 requests to remove content, up 15 percent from 377 in the last six months of 2013.

IN THE NEWS: DATA SURVEILLANCE LAWSUIT

NEW YORK (AP) -- A judge has ruled against Microsoft, saying U.S. law enforcement can force the company to turn over emails it stores in Ireland.

Loretta Preska, a federal judge in New York, ruled from the bench Thursday after hearing oral arguments.

The Redmond, Washington-based software company has said rulings forcing it to turn over emails threaten to rewrite the Constitution's protections against illegal search and seizure. It says it can also damage U.S. foreign relations. Its arguments were joined by four large technology companies including Apple, Cisco Systems, Verizon Communications and AT&T.

The judge agreed to stay the effect of her ruling to give the company time to appeal.

Preska said she agrees with a magistrate judge who signed a warrant in December.

 
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