Wed Aug 23, 2017, 10:14 AM

Federal prosecutors scale back request for info on visitors to anti-Trump website

The DOJ made a very broad request to an anti-trump website that requested the names and IP addresses of everyone who made a negative comment on trump. This warrant was challenged and the DOJ backed down https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/public-safety/federal-prosecutors-scale-back-request-for-info-on-visitors-to-anti-trump-website/2017/08/22/f595a028-877c-11e7-a94f-3139abce39f5_story.html?hpid=hp_hp-more-top-stories_dreamcast-9pm%3Ahomepage%2Fstory&utm_term=.ea9193717633

Federal prosecutors Tuesday tried to quell concern from privacy advocates by amending the government’s demand for millions of IP addresses from a Los Angeles-based tech company as part of an investigation into rioters in Washington during the Jan. 20 inauguration.

In July, a D.C. Superior Court judge signed a warrant filed by federal prosecutors in which they demanded more than 1.3 million IP addresses to identify visitors to the website, Disruptj20.org, from the company which hosts the site, DreamHost. Prosecutors say the website was used to coordinate violent protests during President Trump’s inauguration.

DreamHost and other privacy rights advocates such as the nonprofit group Public Citizen argued the warrant violated the users’ constitutional rights. A hearing is scheduled for Thursday in D.C. Superior Court before Judge Robert E. Morin, the court’s chief judge. Attorneys for DreamHost and the government are expected to argue over the legal authority of such a warrant.

In a filing late Tuesday, prosecutors from the U.S. attorney’s office in the District amended the original warrant by saying they plan to focus only on the 200 or so individuals who have already been charged with rioting.

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