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Facebook said New York prosecutors threatened it with contempt charges during a privacy flap in which the social networking site lost a bitter Fourth Amendment court battle, reluctantly coughing up user data on 381 users.
“We fought forcefully against these 381 requests and were told by a lower court that as an online service provider we didn’t even have the legal standing to contest the warrants. We complied only after the appeals court denied our application to stay this ruling, and after the prosecutor filed a motion to find us in criminal contempt,” Chris Sonderby, Facebook’s deputy general counsel, said Thursday.
The data demands came from New York prosecutors who sought photos, private messages, and other information as they investigate a disability fraud scam.
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