Infosecurity: DoJ Subject to Strict Oversight in Anti-Trump Site Investigation

Infosecurity: DoJ Subject to Strict Oversight in Anti-Trump Site Investigation by Phil Muncaster:

Web hosting firm DreamHost has been locked in dispute with the government after it demanded access to data on 1.3 million visitors of the disruptj20.org protest site; including IP addresses, contact information, photos and more.

The hoster, helped by rights group the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), argued that such a request was unconstitutional, breaking a First Amendment designed to protect political free speech and a Fourth Amendment which helps guard against dragnet seizure of information.

The DoJ subsequently narrowed its request, claiming it had no interest in the 1.3 million IP addresses of visitors to the site, but there remained privacy concerns.

Now DreamHost is claiming victory after chief judge Morin of the Superior Court of Washington DC ruled that the investigation would need significant oversight from the courts.

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