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>> It was a move provoking outrage in online privacy circles. The Justice Department demanding the IP addresses of more than a million visitors to an anti-Trump website linked to the raucous protest during President Donald Trump's inauguration.
But on Thursday a Washington, DC court giving the federal search warrant a conditional green light.
The judge's decision, a major blow to DreamHost, the Los Angeles web hosting company that challenged the warrant, saying it trampled on protections against unreasonable search and seizure. The Justice Department seeking information on users of the website, #DisruptJ20, a base for activists who federal officials blame for the smashed storefronts left behind after protests on inauguration day in the nation's capitol.
Reporter Robert Iafolla was at the court.>> The judge wanted to strike a balance between what he saw as law enforcement's legitimate need for this electronic information in a form that they could search it and find relevant things to the criminal investigation and balance that with the privacy needs of people who use the web site who may not have been involved in any alleged crimes.
>> The judge also added a few safeguards to the warrant process.>> One of them is for the prosecutors to send him a report on who exactly will be reviewing the information, what their process will be, and what protocols they have to minimize any risks that innocent users will get swept up in a government dragnet.
>> Under pressure, the Justice Department last week proposed limiting the warrant to site records between July 1, 2016 and the inauguration on January 20th. DreamHost's lawyer says they are considering an appeal.