NY protester’s tweets at heart of clash on privacy

An Occupy Wall Street protester and prosecutors are tussling over his tweets, and the clash is raising legal issues of privacy in an age of living online.

Malcolm Harris was among more than 700 people arrested on charges of blocking traffic during an Oct. 1 march on the Brooklyn Bridge. The Manhattan district attorney’s office later sent Twitter a subpoena for Harris’ subscriber information and his tweets from Sept. 15 to Dec. 31.

Prosecutors now clarify that they want Harris’ public tweets, not private messages sent on Twitter. They say the tweets might contradict Harris’ assertion that he thought demonstrators had permission to march on the bridge road.

Harris’ lawyer is trying to block the subpoena. He says it violates his client’s privacy and constitutional rights.


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