Facebook loses in clash with prosecutors over users' data

Jul 21, 2015 4:56 PM by News Staff

NEW YORK (AP) - A New York appeals court says Facebook can't block nearly 400 search warrants seeking users' postings for a criminal fraud investigation.

But the judges' Tuesday ruling says they understand the social networking site's unease about prosecutors' extensive request.

The state Supreme Court Appellate Division ruling won't put any new information in prosecutors' hands. Facebook had lost earlier rulings and already turned the data over. But the case has been closely watched by social media companies, civil libertarians and prosecutors.

Menlo Park, California-based Facebook says it's weighing its options to continue the fight.

The Manhattan district attorney's office notes the ruling was unanimous and the information helped build a massive disabilities benefits fraud case against police and fire department retirees. More than 100 people have pleaded guilty.

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