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Judge: Prosecutors can’t have wire transfer data

The Arizona Republic

The Arizona Republic

A Phoenix judge has ruled that the Arizona Attorney General’s Office may not force Western Union and two affiliates to turn over electronic data on wire transfers made to and from Nevada and Sonora.

Friday’s ruling by Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Kenneth Fields said the office’s request to look for trends and money flows to spot drug and human smugglers was too broad, especially considering the amount of personal data of innocent people that would be released.

The Attorney General’s Office subpoenaed Western Union and the affiliates, Orlandi Valuta and Vigo, to turn over databases of wire transfers in excess of $300 to and from Nevada and Sonora.

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