The social network says it turned over information for a single user involved in a case indirectly related to Occupy Boston, though the details of the inquiry have not been disclosed.
Twitter has finally handed over user information for an ongoing criminal investigation indirectly related to an Occupy Boston protest.
Speaking to the Boston Globe in a statement published yesterday, Twitter spokesman Matt Graves said that the company has “provided information on a single user.” That user is @pOisAnON, who the police say, is associated with the name “Guido Fawkes,” Graves told the Globe.
The handover ends a bitter battle between Boston law enforcement and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) over whether the information should have been shared for the investigation. Law enforcement officials have argued that the data Twitter could provide–namely, IP address information associated with the account–is an integral component in their ongoing investigation. The ACLU, however, told the Globe that sharing the information is a violation of the user’s First Amendment rights.
Back in December, the Suffolk County District Attorney’s office requested IP address information from Twitter. The office wanted information about the aforementioned user, as well as @OccupyBoston. The district attorney’s office also requested information on “Guido Fawkes” and Twitter hashtags, #BostonPD and #d0xcak3.