i2Coalition Releases Statement on DreamHost Warrant
“This warrant is one example of a significant, and disturbing, trend, of sweeping government requests to Internet Infrastructure providers for all manner of data related to their services. The Constitution requires that warrants be narrowly tailored and limited in their scope. The warrant broadly identifies a website address, and then requests ‘all records or other information pertaining to that (address).’ The term ‘all records” includes information that would identify visitors to the website regardless of the nature of their visit. It would also include email processed by Dreamhost related to the website, again regardless of the nature of the email, or relation to the violence that is the subject of the investigation.”
“Aside from the business impact that this warrant will have on DreamHost, broad, poorly crafted warrants have significant free speech implications. These warrants also drive business from U.S. companies by reinforcing the perception that the U.S. government does not consider the privacy implications of its actions. We strongly support DreamHost in its efforts to narrow the scope of this warrant.” – i2Coalition Co-Founder, Policy and Board Chair David Snead
For the past several months, DreamHost has been working with the Department of Justice to comply with legal process, including a Search Warrant (PDF) seeking information about one of our customers’ websites. At the center of the requests is disruptj20.org, a website that organized participants of political protests against the current United States administration.
The Department of Justice has requested information on visitors to a website used to organize protests against President Trump, the Los Angeles-based Dreamhost said in a blog post published on Monday. Dreamhost, a web hosting provider, said that it has been working with the Department of Justice for several months on the request, which it said it believed went too far under the Constitution.
A web hosting provider is fighting back against a search warrant that it claims would require them to turn over information on visitors to a website used to organize protests against President Donald Trump, according to court filings first published on the company’s blog Monday.