Justice demands 1.3M IP addresses related to Trump resistance site


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 believes goes too far under the Constitution.

DreamHost claimed that the complying with the request from the Justice Department would amount to handing over roughly 1.3 million visitor IP addresses to the government, in addition to contact information, email content and photos of thousands of visitors to the website, which was involved in organizing protests against Trump on Inauguration Day.

“That information could be used to identify any individuals who used this site to exercise and express political speech protected under the Constitution’s First Amendment,” DreamHost wrote in the blog post on Monday. “That should be enough to set alarm bells off in anyone’s mind.” 

The Justice Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment. 

The company is currently challenging the request. A hearing on the matter is scheduled for Friday in Washington.

“In essence, the Search Warrant not only aims to identify the political dissidents of the current administration, but attempts to identify and understand what content each of these dissidents viewed on the website,” the company’s general counsel, Chris Ghazarian, said in a legal argument opposing the request.

The web provider published a purported search warrant issued by the Superior Court of the District of Columbia that asks for records and information related to the website and its owner, along with information that could be used to identify subscribers of the website.

This includes “names, addresses, telephone numbers and other identifiers, e-mail addresses, business information, the length of service (including start date), means and source of payment for services (including any credit card or bank account number), and information about any domain name registration.” 

The warrant, dated July 12, says that authorities will seize any information constituting violations of D.C. code governing riots that involve individuals connected to the protests on Inauguration Day.

More than 200 people were indicted on felony rioting charges in connection with the protests in Washington on Jan. 20. 

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Comments (6)

  1. Munkyman

    Funny that’s too much, but it was fine for Air BnB to use social media to discriminate against people coming to Cville for the wrong side of the protests this weekend. Not the hosts themselves, the company discriminating against people who might not be desirable. Seems mighty close to a CRA’64 violation to me. A list of IP addresses that have connected through… that’s arguably public information.

    August 15, 2017
    1. EZWAYZ

      We can only wait and watch as the left screams

      August 16, 2017
  2. wirelessguru1

    Very interesting…

    August 15, 2017
    1. EZWAYZ

      About time

      August 16, 2017
  3. stevehayes13

    The American so called left are simultaneously in favour of the first amendment and opposed to the first amendment – how does that work?

    August 19, 2017
    1. EZWAYZ

      They are “so-called” left. Actually, you could say anything in Soviet Russia you wanted to while Stalin was alive, as long as you agreed with him. Same mind set here with the same goal in mind.

      August 19, 2017