So You Still Think You Don’t Need Privacy?

Of course if you have nothing to hide, and are proud of it, everything is as it should be.  But a more cynical person might wonder, why is it so important for the Justice Department to identify exactly who is “against” a particular person or idea?

TOR can anonymize your IP address — the one that identifies your location down to your home router.  Along with other “big data” being collected about you by your service provider; such as: what channels do you watch, for how long, how often, and at what time of day, can identify you as friend or foe of whoever is collecting that data.

It turns out TOR and other anonymizing software is actually pretty easy to use, if you wanted.  Send me a note if you want to discuss privately – or use the form under Contact on this site.   If you want an additional layer of privacy, get your own protonmail account first (there is a free level, that’s all I use for now) and then email me.  We can meet at the Dunkin, set it up, and make it work for you.

The post on the hosting provider’s site: reports they are working with EFF (Electronic Frontier Foundation) to protect the privacy of their customers and visitors.  You as an individual also have access to EFF resources (see the link).

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Justice demands 1.3M IP addresses related to Trump resistance site

The Department of Justice has requested information on visitors to a website used to organize protests against President Trump, the Los Angeles-based Dreamhost said in a blog post published on Monday.

Dreamhost, a web hosting provider, said that it has been working with the Department of Justice for several months on the request, which believes goes too far under the Constitution.

DreamHost claimed that the complying with the request from the Justice Department would amount to handing over roughly 1.3 million visitor IP addresses to the government, in addition to contact information, email content and photos of thousands of visitors to the website, which was involved in organizing protests against Trump on Inauguration Day.“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,” DreamHost wrote in the blog post on Monday. “That should be enough to set alarm bells off in anyone’s mind.”

When contacted, the Justice Department directed The Hill to the U.S. attorney’s office in D.C.

The company is currently challenging the request. A hearing on the matter is scheduled for Friday in Washington.

“In essence, the Search Warrant not only aims to identify the political dissidents of the current administration, but attempts to identify and understand what content each of these dissidents viewed on the website,” the company’s general counsel, Chris Ghazarian, said in a legal argument opposing the request.

The web provider published a purported search warrant issued by the Superior Court of the District of Columbia that asks for records and information related to the website and its owner, along with information that could be used to identify subscribers of the website.

This includes “names, addresses, telephone numbers and other identifiers, e-mail addresses, business information, the length of service (including start date), means and source of payment for services (including any credit card or bank account number), and information about any domain name registration.”

The warrant, dated July 12, says that authorities will seize any information constituting violations of D.C. code governing riots that involve individuals connected to the protests on Inauguration Day.

More than 200 people were indicted on felony rioting charges in connection with the protests in Washington on Jan. 20.