How Long Before Facebook Hands Over Your Personal Information to the Government?

It may only be a matter of time until social networking sites are forced to relinquish your personal information to the government. It’s often done in secret. Law enforcement investigators seek access to private user information stored by Web sites, routinely imposing a gag order that prohibits the Internet company from telling anyone about the demand.

Don’t you at least have a right to know the rules governing such quiet disclosures? When will sites like Twitter, Facebook, PayPal and others – with their hundreds of millions of users and massive caches of everything from cell-phone numbers to unique computer IDs – begin handing personal information over to the government?