Mike Masnick, reporting for TechDirt (the entire post is worth a read):
This seems like a pretty big problem, given the rationale of the judge initially. Beyond that, just the basic chilling effects from finding out that a giant company could get access like this to so much metadata on a large list of its critics is fairly incredible. As the article notes, while subpoenas on people who aren’t actually parties to a lawsuit are “routine,” they’re not supposed to be mass fishing expeditions, which they appear to be in this case.
So, we have more than just the NSA to worry about now. I find it pretty insane that a judge would just hand this kind of personal data over to a corporation. Insanity seems to be the new norm.