Search Warrant by the Department of Justice

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Following the heckling of President Trump outside his private residence in New York, the Justice Department is going after the website that organized these protests. The New York Times yesterday reported that the department of justice is on a mission of forcing an internet company to hand in important information about the people who visited this website. The actions of the justice department have ignited a furious debate about privacy limits and surveillance limits. This is not the only time that this has happened in the recent past. For instance, the justice department managed to convince a judge to issue a search warrant against an American company known as Dreamhost. Through this warrant, the company was forced to turn data about its customers. The justice department sought to know the website visited by the customers. Other than this, the federal agents wanted to know information viewed by these customers and what they also uploaded. On the other hand, the hosting company has filed a lawsuit against the department justice calling the move and the warrant as unconstitutional. According to the company, if the justice department gets the information it’s looking for, it would lead to the disclosure of huge volumes of information about their customers. Furthermore, the company says that most of their customers had nothing to do with the protests.

It’s estimated that close to 1.3 million people viewed the page in a period of six days. The company is being represented by litigation attorneys Chris Ghazarian and Raymond Agaian. The two said that they had filed a motion in court arguing that the justice department wants to reveal the political inclination of every visitor who viewed the page. They also said that the government is looking for a way to understand and identify what these customers viewed and uploaded. The government, on its part, through William Miller who is the United States attorney office spokesman in Washington said that the government had filed its motion. He, however, refused to comment about the motion. Earlier on, federal agents had mentioned that the hosting company has no legal basis for refusing to hand over the materials as dictated by the court warrant. This tag of war became public on Monday after a blog post named as We Fight For the Users was published by the company. According to sources, the website fueling this case consists of maps that are often used to organize protests for various groups such as labor rights, climate change, racial justice and feminism.

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