CCIA Encourages DOJ To Reassess Policies Regarding Warrants For Data Stored In The Cloud in Light of DreamHost Dispute

BY Heather Greenfield
August 22, 2017

Washington — On Tuesday, the Department of Justice filed a motion in the District of Columbia Superior Court to narrow the scope of a controversial warrant it had served on web host DreamHost, regarding an Inauguration protest website. The initial warrant was widely characterized as overbroad by CCIA and others.

CCIA has advocated for reasonable limits on government access to data stored in the cloud for more than a decade. The following can be attributed to CCIA President & CEO Ed Black:

“We appreciate DOJ responding to the widespread concern that we and others voiced in regard to the overly broad scope of this warrant. Nevertheless, we continue to be concerned about overreach in this and similar cases.

“Federal law enforcement officials should revisit policies regarding the issuance of warrants to online intermediaries to properly safeguard speech and privacy interests.”

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