November 10, 2009

JUSTICE DEPARTMENT WANTS VISITOR INFORMATION FROM NEWS SITE: “In a case that raises questions about online journalism and privacy rights, the U.S. Department of Justice sent a formal request to an independent news site ordering it to provide details of all reader visits on a certain day. The grand jury subpoena also required the Philadelphia-based Indymedia.us Web site ‘not to disclose the existence of this request’ unless authorized by the Justice Department, a gag order that presents an unusual quandary for any news organization.” Pushback from the EFF led to the subpoena being withdrawn.

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