Just Security: Top Experts: Can Facebook Legally Disclose Russian Ads–What does the Stored Communications Act say?

Just Security: Top Experts: Can Facebook Legally Disclose Russian Ads–What does the Stored Communications Act say? by Ryan Goodman:

I asked several of the most highly respected legal experts for their views on an issue yet to receive significant attention in the news: whether and to what extent, if any, a federal law—the Stored Communications Act—restricts Facebook’s ability to share the content of Russian ads and related information with Congress and the public.

I thought to pose the question since Facebook’s General Counsel has now said the company will disclose Russian ads to Congress with a caveat: “in a manner that is consistent with our obligations to protect user information.” Plus Facebook has explicitly stated that it will share the Russian ads with the Special Counsel and Congress but not release them to the public (see Facebook’s answer to its Hard Question: “Why are you sharing these with Special Counsel and Congress — and not releasing them to the public?”). Facebook’s position is apparently that the Stored Communications Act prohibits certain disclosures.

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