New York's top court rejects Facebook search warrant challenge

A man poses with a magnifier in front of a Facebook logo on display in this illustration taken in Sarajevo

A man poses with a magnifier in front of a Facebook logo on display in this illustration taken in Sarajevo

NY state's highest court has rejected Facebook's challenge to bulk search warrants ordering the social media giant to turn over information from hundreds of user accounts in connection with a fraud investigation.

Facebook argued that the warrants were overbroad, and that Vance went too far by prohibiting the Menlo Park, California-based company from telling users that the warrants existed.

The court ruled against Facebook 5-1, saying state criminal procedures do not authorize its appeal.

In 2013, the Manhattan District Attorney's Office sought search warrants for the accounts of 381 people in connection with a disability benefits fraud case against city police and fire retirees. Not only this, it had asked to provide private photos as well as conversations.

Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) today took a loss in New York's highest court - but in a manner that suggests the underlying question in the case has yet to be decided.

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According to Seoul-based JoongAng Monthly Magazine she stays in the visiting area with him from nine to five every day. The former president was taken to a detention center in Euiwang, Gyeonggi Province soon after the warrant was issued.

The warrants, issued under America's Stored Communications Act, were going after the Facebook "account information and communications" of those under investigation.

The 5-1 decision, in which one judge recused himself, upheld a decision by a lower NY court that would not allow Facebook to appeal search warrants issued for user information in a criminal case.

While the court ruling is a step back for the social media company, it is not a total loss.

"To hold otherwise would be to impermissibly and judicially create a right to appeal in a criminal matter that has not been authorized by our legislature", Judge Leslie Stein wrote for the majority.

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