From Adweek comes the troubling story of a convicted Georgia sex offender, Cory Hubbard, who is suing MySpace for providing authorities his information based on an out-of-state warrant. Hubbard’s lawsuit in Manhattan federal court alleges that the struggling social network “violated federal Internet privacy and wiretapping laws by responding to a warrant signed by a county magistrate in Georgia,” which led to his conviction in 2008 for “using Myspace to lure a 13-year-old girl to a motel.” Uh…
Unfortunately for other plaintiffs, Hubbard’s is only one of a handful of suits alleging privacy violations:
Three other federal lawsuits have been filed by two women in Georgia claiming that Yahoo, Comcast Cable and Windstream, a broadband provider, all violated their customers’ civil rights by releasing information to police without authorization.
“Big Brother needs to jump through certain hoops,” said Joshua Millican, the lawyer who is behind the Hubbard litigation. “Otherwise we have no protection.”
But a man serving 10 years in state prison for attempting to seduce a young teenager is not a very sympathetic face for a legal movement. Plus, he might just have no case:
Cherokee County District Attorney Gary Moss, who prosecuted Hubbard, said his agency did nothing wrong by faxing the writ to the Los Angeles-based company. “These are not matters covered under the Fourth Amendment,” said Moss. “He has no privacy on what he’s given to a third party. It’s no different than giving your diary to a third party, and they turn it over to law enforcement. There’s no violation.”