The Department of Justice (DoJ) wants all visitors’ IP addresses – some 1.3 million – to a website that helped organise a protest on the day of President Trump’s inauguration. This is an attempt by federal government to learn your online behavior and use it against you. Agreeing or disagreeing with the motive is not what is at issue. The issue is the continual erosion of online privacy.
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