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Court dismisses Facebook's appeal in search warrants case

The New York State Court of Appeals dismissed Facebook Inc.'s bid to challenge 381 search warrants obtained by the New York County District Attorney's office in a disability fraud investigation, according to an April 4 ruling.

The court ruled that it is "powerless" in the matter and lacks jurisdiction to hear Facebook's appeal over warrants. Judge Leslie Stein said Facebook's concerns about the users' privacy rights "may not be baseless," but it was the job of the people targeted by the warrants to challenge their validity, not third parties like Facebook.

The prosecutors obtained the warrants in July 2013 in a bid to force the social networking giant to disclose account information of people suspected to be involved in criminal fraud. According to court papers, 62 Facebook users out of 134 were indicted.

Facebook said the decision was disappointing and it is considering its legal options, Reuters reported April 4.