We were concerned about cases where there’s a kidnapping, a threat to the human life, and the FBI is trying to find the kidnapper who sent a demand email yesterday or a week ago. We felt like two weeks was a good window that would allow us to address some things–both our own needs in the long term and the law enforcement’s dire needs in the mid-term–while omitting any ability to assist in what we felt was like an extortion racket. And so that was another concrete step we took last year, to reduce our logging interval to two weeks.
AG: What was it before?
DJ: Some things we kept for 30 days, other things for years. We didn’t have a defined procedure.
AG: Earlier, you mentioned fighting legal battles on behalf of your users. Can you say specifically what battles and which customers?
DJ: I probably can’t. I can tell you that the case you’ve probably read about regarding Jacob Appelbaum is under seal, and I can’t comment on that case. And obviously Appelbaum spoke with the Wall Street Journal reporter and reported that we informed him that we managed to get it unsealed enough to inform him. So, however the entire case is still under seal, so we can’t speak to the specific sides informing him.