Authorities return servers to independent media network

Authorities who last week seized UK-based servers used by independent media network Indymedia have returned the servers intact (see this previous report on JURIST's Paper Chase.) The return of the original hard drives suggests that authorities wanted to review rather than remove data on them. It is still unclear who seized the hardware in the first place. There are reports that the FBI used the Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty, a US-UK treaty, on behalf of Switzerland and/or Italy to seize the hardware in London. Indymedia's hosting company said that since the company complied with a court order, the hardware was returned. The British Home Office has not commented on the seizure due to confidentiality of the case but members of parliament are tabling questions on what discussions the Home Office had with US authorities over seizures of UK-based internet hosting providers. Indymedia has information on the server seizure here. The Register has more.

 

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