Under the Stored Communications Act, a third-party company storing private electronic data is not required to turn over the private information unless presented with a federal criminal law warrant. This applied only to emails until just recently, when Facebook and MySpace messages were introduced in Crispin v Christian Audigier, Inc in May 2010.
Judge Margaret Morrow of the United States District Court of Central California ruled that messages sent between users via MySpace and Facebook are no different than email under this Act.
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