May 14, 2014

THE PERILS OF ONLINE OVERREACH: How a mayor’s quest to unmask a foul-mouthed Twitter user blew up in his face. “Could your town’s mayor spark a police investigation into your activities that ends with town cops rifling through your mobile phone, your laptop, and the full contents of your Gmail account—all over an alleged misdemeanor based on something you wrote on social media? Not in America, you say? But you’d be wrong. Here, based on e-mail records provided by the city of Peoria to Ars Technica, is what that sort of investigation looks like.”

Tar. Feathers.