Twitter, which has apparently been much better about saying no to the NSA than the other tech giants, says that more and more governments want to get a hold of your private information:
The company's latest transparency report, now a biannual affair, shows a steady increase in information requests from governments around the world, including those for user account information, which Twitter said typically are made in connection with criminal investigations or cases. For the first six months of 2013, Twitter received 1,157 requests, up from 1,009 in the second half of 2012 and 849 in the first half of 2012.
Whenever I write about Twitter and privacy, people tend to respond with something like, "isn't Twitter for narcissistic over-sharers anyway?" And, you know, sure, kinda. Partially. But governments aren't interested in your public posts about what you ate for lunch. They're interested in the identities behind anonymous Twitter accounts. They're interested in Twitter's private messaging system, which has become a preferred way for protesters to keep in touch when they're planning and undertaking actions. There's a lot of very damaging private information on the site, even though it has a reputation as being too public.