Federal Internet Law & Policy
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Forensics / Evidence / Discovery

Dont be a FOOL; The Law is Not DIY

Let's assume that one wishes to learn how to contact an author or those responsible for online content or an online site. There are a number of ways to attempt to achieve this, ranging for easy to difficult.


Contact Us: Many sites have either "About Us" or "Contact Us" links on their website which will tell you who they are and how to contact them (don't forget to look for a copyright statement which may tell you who the owner of the content is - there may also be a DMCA statement with a point of contact for copyright concerns). This would be the easy method.


When individuals set up website or other online presences, they generally set up accounts with the host. Hosts generally like to get paid for their business and therefore their records may accurately reflect how to extract money out of the individual using their website. The problem is that Hosts may have privacy policies saying that they will not simply hand their clients information over to just anyone. except when in receipt of proper legal authority. Legal authority in a civil case may come in the form of a civil subpoena.

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Traditional Surveillance - EFF recommends law enforcement corroborate Internet forensics with actual physical surveillance to confirm that the suspected crime could reasonably be associated with that Internet end user. The classic case of the Kashmir Hill Farm, where the geolocation used the center of the United States as a default location for unknown United States locations and that location just happened to be some poor guys farm, is a peffect example of why information should be corroborated and investigated. Aaron Mackey, Seth Schoen, Cindy Cohn, Unreliable Informant: IP Addresses, Digital Tips, and Police Raids, EFF Sept 2016

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