The lawyers representing Icelandic MP for The Movement, Birgitta Jónsdóttir, in a case against the US authorities who are trying to access her Twitter account as part of their probe into Wikileaks, appealed the verdict falling in the US authorities’ favor in a Virginia courthouse on Friday.
Birgitta Jónsdóttir. Photo by Páll Kjartansson.
“According to the verdict, no user of social networks has the right to demand that information about him or her isn’t passed on,” Jónsdóttir told Morgunbladid.
People register to social networks like Facebook and Twitter and accept various terms without realizing what the consequences may be, the MP explained.
“The information in question is various background information, such as an IP-number, telephone numbers, emails, credit card information and more,” Jónsdóttir. “I don’t really have anything to hide but this is first and foremost a matter of principle and I will fight until the end.”
Jónsdóttir said she also intends to use this case to raise awareness among the public about the lack of privacy they have on the internet. Social networks should make their users more aware of what personal information they are handing out, she said.
The International Parliamentarians Association has discussed Jónsdóttir’s case twice and she says a report which is being written about it might become a precedent in future cases such as this.
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