November 30, 2020

Web-Hosting Service WebDreamHost Fights U.S. Dept. of Justice Request For 1.3 Million IP Addresses of Disruptj20 Website Visitors

From VentureBeat:

Webhosting service DreamHost has said that the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has requested information on everyone who visited DisruptJ20.org, a website that was set up to organize political protests against the current U.S. administration.

The DisruptJ20.org domain, a reference to the president’s inauguration on January 20, was actually registered on DreamHost last October, a few weeks before the U.S. presidential election took place. But it launched to the public on November 11, a few days after Trump emerged as victor. The website was subsequently used as a conduit for organizing protests around Trump’s inauguration — some peaceful, some not so.

At any rate, DreamHost said that is has been “working with the Department of Justice to comply with legal process” for the past “several months” and that the company received a search warrant requesting myriad details pertaining to DistrupJ20.org in July.

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See Also: Blog Post from Dreamhost ||| Direct to Search Warrant ||| DOJ Filed a Motion ||| Dreamhost Reply

See Also: A Closer Look at DOJ’s Warrant to Collect Website Records (via Washington Post)

See Also: i2Coalition Releases Statement on DreamHost Warrant

See Also: Can the U.S. Government Seize an Anti-Trump Website’s Visitor Logs? (via The Atlantic)

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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