Court Severely Restricts DOJ Warrant for Records of 1.3 Million Who Visited Trump Protest Site
A Washington, D.C. court
sent a stinging rebuke
"[W]hile the government has the right to execute its warrant," Morin wrote, "it does not have the right to rummage through the information contained on DreamHost's website and discover the identity of, or access communications by, individuals not participating in alleged criminal activity, particularly those persons who were engaging in protected First Amendment activities."
Morin ordered the government to redact the information of "innocent persons" before handing over the records, as well as outline how it will destroy all data unrelated to warrant into the investigation of accused rioters.
The case drew the alarm of privacy advocates, who worried Trump's DOJ was attempting to use data from the
In a different warrant , the DOJ demanded Facebook hand over the details of three Facebook users, one of whom operated disruptj20's Facebook page. The warrant labeled the 3 individuals "anti-administration activists who have spoken out at organized events, and who are generally very critical of this administration's policies," and asked for account details from an estimated 6,000 visitors to disruptj20's page.
[ NPR ]