Indymedia winning database battle with FBI

Posted: November 13, 2009 in 1st Amendment, 5th Amendment, digital rights management, FBI, media activism, subpoena

Indymedia.us and EFF Successfully Fight Back Against Bogus FBI Subpoena

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A police fishing expedition has been fought successfully over the course of the past year by one of the Indymedia.us system administrators and the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), largely in secret due to dodgy gag orders — which actually didn’t have any real legal standing to begin with. Earlier this year, U.S. attorneys issued a federal grand jury subpoena to Indymedia.us sysadmin Kristina Clair demanding “all IP traffic to and from http://www.indymedia.us” for a particular date, potentially identifying every person who visited any news story on the Indymedia site. EFF argued that the overly broad demand for Internet records not only violated federal privacy law but also violated Clair’s First Amendment rights, by ordering her not to disclose the existence of the subpoena without a U.S. attorney’s permission.

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