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    CNet News: Facebook fights Virginia’s demand for user data, photos

    CNet News discusses a battle between Virginia and Facebook about the profile content of one of the social networking site’s users.

    The state of Virginia has backed away from its attempts to force Facebook to divulge the complete contents of a user’s account to settle a dispute over workers’ compensation, narrowly avoiding what promised to be a high-profile privacy battle in federal court.

    On Monday, the Virginia’s Workers Compensation Commission said it was no longer going to levy a $200-a-day fine on the social-networking site for refusing to comply with a subpoena from an airline that previously employed a flight attendant named Shana Hensley.

    Facebook had objected to the June 4 subpoena from Colgan Air–the Manassas, Va.-based company that operates under the names United Express, US Airways Express, and Continental Connection–on privacy grounds. It said federal law prohibits divulging user data in response to a subpoena, and promised to “further litigate this issue by seeking, among other things, an injunction from the federal courts.” […]

    There’s an ironic ending to this story. Julie Heiden, a Virginia personal injury lawyer representing the former flight attendant, Shana Hensley, said in an interview on Monday that the subpoena won’t be necessary after all.

    “We agreed to sign a release,” Heiden said, meaning a document that authorizes Facebook to disclose the contents of Hensley’s account to her former employer. “Shana has executed the release…She has nothing to hide.”

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