A federal magistrate in California recently addressed several interesting conditions of pretrial release such as having no access to Twitter and deleting Internet history. United States v. Collins, 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 35980 (N.D. Cal. 2012). The 14 defendants in the case are alleged members of Anonymous who executed a DDoS attack on PayPal's website after the site terminated WikiLeak's account.
At their initial appearance, the defendants were released after agreeing to these conditions:
- not participate in or accessing Internet Relay Chats ("IRCs");
- not use or access Twitter;
- designate the computer or computers that would be used while on release;
- not delete any internet history; and
- make available any designated computer for inspection by Pretrial Services