Don’t Give Trump Data on Thousands of Internet Activists

Target: Simon Anderson, CEO of DreamHost

Goal: Resist unjust U.S. Department of Justice demand for information on 1.3 million visitors to disruptj20.org.

If you’ve ever visited a particular anti-Trump website, the U.S. government might just want to know about it. The U.S. Department of Justice has demanded web service provider DreamHost hand over all information on everyone who visited protest website disruptj20.org. The site was used to coordinate protests during Trump’s inauguration.

The Justice Department wants records of everyone who visited the site, which according to DreamHost would include details such as “contact information, email content, and photos of thousands of people—in an effort to determine who simply visited the website.”

“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. That should be enough to set alarm bells off in anyone’s mind,” DreamHost said in a statement. So far, DreamHost is refusing to comply, arguing the Justice Department’s demand appears to be a “strong example of investigatory overreach and a clear abuse of government authority.”

“Internet users have a reasonable expectation that they will not get swept up in criminal investigations simply by exercising their right to political speech against the government,” they stated. If you agree, please sign this petition in support of DreamHost, and demand the company continue to fight against this seemingly excessive demand from the U.S. government.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Anderson,

We’d like to applaud your company for taking a stand against the Department of Justice demanding information on 1.3 million visitors to disruptj20.org. As your company recently stated, “Internet users have a reasonable expectation that they will not get swept up in criminal investigations simply by exercising their right to political speech against the government.”

Meanwhile, the Electronic Frontier Foundation has likewise condemned the department’s demand, describing it as little more than a “fishing expedition.”

As this situation continues to develop, we urge DreamHost to stand firm against undue government encroachment on freedom of expression, and refuse to comply with demands that would undermine the rights of internet users.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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2 Comments

  1. RALEIGH KORITZ says:

    DREAMHOST NEUTRALITY! DO NOT GIVE THE GOVERNMENT MILLIONS ANY INFORMATION ON ANY ACTIVIST’S. IT NONE OF THE GOVERNMENTS BUSINESS, DON’T DO IT!

  2. Wendy Morrison says:

    TRUMP needs to keep his damn nose and hands off of that. Thank God I didn’t vote him!!! I NEVER will either!

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