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DreamHost ordered to release some Trump protest website data to US Justice Department
Author: Tiffany Hsu, New York Times, Published on: 25 August 2017
"DreamHost Ordered to Release Some Trump Protest Website Data to U.S.," 25 August 2017
A Superior Court judge in Washington on Thursday ordered the web hosting company DreamHost to turn over data associated with a Trump protest website to federal prosecutors - but not as much as the Justice Department had originally sought. The ruling by Judge Robert E. Morin allows the government to proceed with a scaled-back search warrant for records related to the website DisruptJ20.org, which served as a clearinghouse for plans to protest President Trump’s swearing-in on Jan. 20.
In a blog post, DreamHost, which is based in Brea, Calif., called the decision a win with caveats - a successful effort to beat back “unreasonable” requests by the Justice Department and “effectively shackle” federal investigators. But DreamHost said that the ruling was an affront to privacy rights and that it would consider an appeal after reviewing a transcript of the hearing. Until the company reaches a decision, the Justice Department will have access to certain emails sent through the domain but must wait to comb through them.
To assuage DreamHost’s worries about potential First Amendment violations, Judge Morin will supervise the examination of the data... [also refers to GoDaddy and Google]