The Department of Justice is taking a closer look at the ‘resistance.’
The Los Angeles-based website hosting service reported in a blog post on Monday they will be complying with a DOJ request.
The blog post revealed that DreamHost has been cooperating with the DOJ to comply with a search warrant that is requesting information about a specific site call disruptj20.org. According to the blog post:
At the center of the requests is disruptj20.org, a website that organized participants of political protests against the current United States administration. While we have no insight into the affidavit for the search warrant (those records are sealed), the DOJ has recently asked DreamHost to provide all information available to us about this website, its owner, and, more importantly, its visitors.
Chris Ghazarian, our General Counsel, has taken issue with this particular search warrant for being a highly untargeted demand that chills free association and the right of free speech afforded by the Constitution.
The request from the DOJ demands that DreamHost hand over 1.3 million visitors IP addresses — in addition to contact information, email content, and photos of thousands of people — in an effort to determine who simply visited the website. (Our customer has also been notified of the pending warrant on the account. We’ve been working closely with the Electronic Frontier Foundation and their counsel throughout this process. They’ve been nothing but supportive and helpful throughout, and we’re honored to have them in our corner. While the EFF is not representing us in this case, they understand our arguments and have been lending professional support.
So there you have it the DOJ seems to be targeting a website and those that visited the site. Is this government intrusion? Or are giving the DOJ the benefit of the doubt?
Source: Dream Host Blog