DOJ Steps Over the Line: Demands 1.3M Anti-Trump IP Addresses

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Looks like the Department of Justice may have just overstepped their boundaries. They are demanding information on visitors to a Trump-protesting website.

DOJ Asks Too Much

The Department of Justice has asked for information on Dreamhost visitors. Dreamhost is a Los Angeles based web-host provider and has been used to organize anti-Trump protests. Dreamhost has been working with the DOJ for several months on the request, but Dreamhost says they’ve gone too far and violate the Constitution. Dreamhost says that complying with the request from the DOJ would have them hand over roughly 1.3 million visitor IP addresses along with contact information, email content, and thousands of photos from these visitors. The website was involved in organizing protests against Trump on inauguration day.

“That information could be used to identify any individuals who used this site to exercise and express political speech protected under the Constitution’s First Amendment,” Dreamhost wrote in a blog post on Monday. “That should be enough to set alarm bells off in anyone’s mind.” Dreamhost is currently challenging the request and a hearing is set for Friday in Washington. “In essence, the Search Warrant not only aims to identify the political dissidents of the current administration, but attempts to identify and understand what content each of these dissidents viewed on the website,” the company’s general counsel, Chris Ghazarian, said in a legal argument opposing the request.

Dreamhost Releases Statement

Dreamhost published a search warrant issued by the Supreme Court that asks for records and information related to the website and its owner. “Names, addresses, telephone numbers and other identifiers, e-mail addresses, business information, the length of service (including start date), means and source of payment for services (including any credit card or bank account number), and information about any domain name registration,” the warrant states. The warrant is dated July 12th and says authorities will seize any information constituting violations of Washington D.C. codes governing riots that involve people connected to Inaguration Day protests. More than 200 people were indicted on felony riot charges in connection with Inauguration Day protests on January 20th.

Source: The Hill