"Tapping phones may be passé, but the dangers of more modern electronic 'eavesdropping' are not," wrote New York Supreme Court Justice Emily Jane Goodman, who has written about legal issues in various venues. She's retiring from the bench next month.
Authorities in Manhattan and elsewhere increasingly avail themselves of social networking sites to build cases. Besides seeking out defendants' public postings on social sites, prosecutors often get emails, phone records and other private electronic information.
And subpoenas for tweets have spurred legal clashes in other cases. Last year, the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts tried to block a prosecutor's subpoena sent to Twitter for information on a user linked to Occupy Boston. A judge ruled under seal; the ACLU has sought to get the ruling released.
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