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[liberationtech] Naive Question

Dan Staples danstaples at
Mon Sep 9 11:18:25 PDT 2013

Presumably, if this type of approach became widely adopted, it would be
a useful service for an independent group to monitor the status of these
notices and periodically publish a report of which companies had removed
their notice.

On 09/09/2013 12:52 PM, Scott Arciszewski wrote:
> Forgot the URL:
> On Mon, Sep 9, 2013 at 12:29 PM, Scott Arciszewski
> <kobrasrealm at <mailto:kobrasrealm at>> wrote:
>     Hello,
>     I saw this article on The Guardian[1] and it mentioned a librarian
>     who posted a sign that looked like this:
> and would remove it if
>     visited by the FBI. So a naive question comes to mind: If I operated
>     an internet service, and I posted a thing that says "We have not
>     received a request to spy on our users. Watch closely for the
>     removal of this text," what legal risk would be incurred?
>     If the answer is "None" or "Very little", what's stopping people
>     from doing this?
>     Thanks,
>     Scott

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