Published: Thu, April 06, 2017
Tech | By Constance Martin

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The particulars of the case center around warrants for 381 Facebook accounts issued as part of an investigation into a disability fraud case in 2013.

Facebook had already been forced to comply with the warrants after a previous court defeat, but its appeal, as the majority opinion explains, "undoubtedly implicates novel and important substantive issues regarding the constitutional rights of privacy and freedom from unreasonable search and seizure".

In a big blow to Facebook, the NY court on Tuesday ordered that the social media giant had no right to ask a court to quash search warrants thereby ordering Facebook to hand over information from hundreds of accounts in a disability fraud case.

"Neither of the federal nor the state constitutions permit the district attorney to rummage around in people's Facebook accounts like they did in this case", Hirose said.

Thus, Microsoft, Google and Twitter and other groups like New York Civil Liberties Union and the Electronic Frontier Foundation have chose to stand by Facebook's appeal. However, while being forced to comply with search warrants seeking access to private accounts, Facebook can not warn users about the disclosure.

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Facebook has lost more skin in its battle to avoid handing over user account details to a USA court.

"Even if those users could realistically seek relief for their own injuries through pretrial suppression hearings, Facebook will not be a party to those actions and the hypothetical resolution of their claims would not address or remedy Facebook's injuries", Wilson wrote.

"We're disappointed by the court's ruling, but we are encouraged to see the thorough dissent that supports Facebook's position arguing for people's online privacy", Facebook said in a statement.

While Facebook's concern about overbroad warrants, and its effect on users' privacy rights including under the U.S. Constitution, "may not be baseless", it was up to the state legislature to change the law, Stein wrote.

Facebook did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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