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Facebook free to share with users government search warrants

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can now notify its users if the authorities are looking at their account data after a filing affirmed the is backing off its efforts to keep the quiet when investigators ask to search a user's political communications.

When the federal prosecutors submitted warrants to requesting information on three users earlier this year, they also demanded the kep mum over the matter.

That has now ended after a filing affirmed the is doing away with the non-disclosure orders (NDOs) that had gagged from telling its users that the authorities were looking at their account data, Engadget reported on Wednesday.

Facebook had been fighting the on the legality of the NDOs and its stance elicited support of major US technology companies and civil liberties groups. While Facebook lost the initial ruling, a District of Columbia appeals set a date for a public hearing -- which was scheduled for Thursday.

The details of the case at the District of Columbia Court of Appeals have been sealed, but the timing of the investigation and other references in public court documents suggest the search warrants at issue are connected to protests during President Trump's inauguration, the Washington Post reported.



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First Published: Thu, September 14 2017. 12:24 IST