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Reality check: Stop telling people to go to the EFF every time they get a Twitter subpoena

Time to rip yet another legal myth to pieces. Read More
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Asher Wolf @Asher_Wolf

@clarecurranmp the subpoena of IP data may also reveal who I've DM'd. Which would breach of my protection of journalistic sources...

17/01/2012 17:59:14 WIB
Birgitta @birgittaj

It is of great urgency that we fight for our online rights: Twitter subpoena social media Boston occupy movement http://t.co/z8BiuX4L

17/01/2012 18:07:51 WIB
Birgitta @birgittaj

@Asher_Wolf @clarecurranmp - if you need any support let me know - still fighting my battle in relation to ip data ...

17/01/2012 18:16:14 WIB
Birgitta @birgittaj

@Asher_Wolf if you need any support let me know - still fighting my battle in relation to ip data ...

17/01/2012 18:16:49 WIB
@anoncltcrshr

@AmericanAtheist that´s hilarious, though, sorry you have to suffer fools

18/01/2012 01:42:16 WIB
@anoncltcrshr

@Asher_Wolf @birgittaj You couldn't even help yourself re: these Twitter subpoenas, how are you going to help anyone else?

18/01/2012 01:45:10 WIB
@anoncltcrshr

@Asher_Wolf @birgittaj don't say, "go to the @EFF everyone", they won't help regular Twitter users unless it's extreme case as with Cassidy

18/01/2012 01:45:35 WIB
@anoncltcrshr

@Asher_Wolf @birgittaj @EFF only get involved when it's high profile people like you, hackers, or someone is in jail like Cassidy

18/01/2012 01:45:54 WIB
@anoncltcrshr

@birgittaj Message from @EFF: "We are over capacity". So much for EFF.

18/01/2012 01:46:16 WIB
@anoncltcrshr

@EFF tried to help @birgittaj, and even she lost, and she's high profile

18/01/2012 01:46:32 WIB
@anoncltcrshr

@Asher_Wolf you are not Birgitta Jonsdottir, you are not high profile, @EFF does not have a pro bono team on standby FOR YOU

18/01/2012 01:46:57 WIB
@anoncltcrshr

For those of you that have a distorted perception of how the @EFF works, here's a behind-the-scenes look:

18/01/2012 01:47:22 WIB
@anoncltcrshr

It starts with you. You get a copy of a Twitter subpoena from Twitter. You panic.

18/01/2012 01:47:52 WIB
@anoncltcrshr

Then, you remember just read this article on the internet where @birgittaj was raving about her pro bono @EFF team

18/01/2012 01:48:16 WIB
@anoncltcrshr

"I have excellent team of lawyers from the @EFF (Electronic Frontier Foundation) and ACLU representing me pro-bono" Jonsdottir said.

18/01/2012 01:48:47 WIB
@anoncltcrshr

and "I couldn't have been represented by a greater team of experts."

18/01/2012 01:49:06 WIB
@anoncltcrshr

You read BS like this in the media, so you think that @EFF will invest the same resources in you

18/01/2012 01:49:41 WIB
@anoncltcrshr

So you mail the @EFF a copy of your Twitter subpoena, with stars in your eyes, hoping for the best

18/01/2012 01:50:07 WIB
@anoncltcrshr

@EFF shoots back a message: "Sorry, we are over capacity". You're like: "Whaaa?!"

18/01/2012 01:50:37 WIB
@anoncltcrshr

"But, but, @birgittaj was just interviewed, and she had a whole TEAM of pro bono @EFF lawyers! I WANT A TEAM OF PONIES 2!"

18/01/2012 01:50:59 WIB
@anoncltcrshr

Then comes the reality check

18/01/2012 01:51:19 WIB
@anoncltcrshr

EFF reply to your desperate begging with "You know, we @EFF we do have this mailing-list of lawyers we can refer you to"

18/01/2012 01:52:10 WIB
@anoncltcrshr

"IF YOU CAN PAY FOR AN ATTORNEY, @EFF can forward your contact details to our mailinglist"

18/01/2012 01:52:30 WIB
@anoncltcrshr

"If you can't, well, if any of our lawyers feel like represeting you, they will contact you"

18/01/2012 01:52:52 WIB
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