We are ACLU lawyers and Nick Merrill of Calyx Institute. We’re here to talk about National Security Letters and warrant canaries, because Reddit can’t. AUA.
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Last week, a so-called “warrant canary” in Reddit’s 2014 transparency report -- affirming that the company had never received a national security–related request for user information -- disappeared from its 2015 report. What might have happened? What does it mean? And what can we do now?
A bit about us: More than a decade ago, Nick Merrill, who ran a small Internet-access and consulting business, received a secretive demand for customer information from the FBI. Nick came to the ACLU for help, and together we fought in court to strike down parts of the NSL statute as unconstitutional — twice. Nick was the first person to challenge an NSL and the first person to be fully released from the NSL's gag order.
Click here for background and some analysis of the case of Reddit’s warrant canary.
Click here for a discussion of the Nick Merrill case.
Proof that we are who we say we are:
Nick Merrill: https://twitter.com/nickcalyx/status/717050088401584133
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Neema Singh Guliani: https://twitter.com/neemaguliani
Patrick Toomey: https://twitter.com/PatrickCToomey/status/717067564443115521