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Dreamhost Challenges DOJ Demand for Info on Anti-Trump Activists

The US Department of Justice significantly narrowed the scope of a warrant after outcry over its initial demand that hosting company DreamHost hand over 1.3 million IP addresses of people who visited an anti-Trump web site. The original request was made as federal authorities continued to investigate violent protests that took place during the Presidential inauguration. According to authorities, the website, disruptj-20.org, managed by DreamHost, was used to plan the protest. The company pushed back, with co-CEO Dallas Kashuba writing, “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. That should be enough to set alarm bells off in anyone’s mind.” Dreamhost has subsequently been ordered by DC’s Superior Court to hand over a much smaller subset of data that Judge Robert Morin said he would oversee. —TV

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