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“Tapping phones may be passe, but the dangers of more modern electronic `eavesdropping’ are not,” wrote Goodman, who wasn’t involved in Harris‘ case. She retired at the end of February.

The charge against Harris is a violation, not a crime. Maintaining his innocence, he is heading toward trial in June.

Authorities in Manhattan and elsewhere increasingly avail themselves of social networking sites to build cases, and some others arrested at Occupy demonstrations in Manhattan have also said their tweets have been subpoenaed. The issue also has arisen in Boston, where the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts tried to block a prosecutor’s subpoena sent to Twitter for information on a user linked to Occupy Boston. A judge has ordered the information to be turned over.

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