Legal Robot will comply with orders and requests as described below. However, we are not able to decrypt user documents or other private communications like messages or comments - simply put, we do not have the encryption keys.
Subpoenas are investigatory tools that state and federal governments can usually issue without judicial oversight. Legal Robot requires a subpoena if a government wants us to share basic user information, which includes IP addresses, the date that an account was created, and e-mail addresses.
Court Orders are issued under state or federal law and require approval by a judge. Legal Robot requires a court order for any non-content information with respect to a user’s account, aside from basic user information. This may include a user’s preferences, message headers and any other information we have on a user that is “non-content”.
A search warrant issued under state or federal law requires approval by a judge. Legal Robot requires a search warrant based on probable cause to disclose user content information, including private documents and messages. However, as described above, it is not possible for Legal Robot to decrypt private documents or other private communications, even in response to a court order, because we do not have the user’s encryption keys.
Furthermore, while Legal Robot itself does not provide legal services, user content may be covered under attorney-client privilege or other legal protections between users of Legal Robot’s services.
Legal Robot may produce information in certain emergency circumstances when we believe it is necessary to prevent imminent and serious bodily harm to a person. When notified of an emergency situation by law enforcement, we require that they provide as much information as possible and certify the request in writing.
Preservation Requests are received from government authorities, which require Legal Robot to preserve any user account information, usually in anticipation of valid legal process being served on Legal Robot by that authority.
Legal Robot is a US-based company. As such, we will not turn over user information in response to a formal request by a non-US government unless a US court requires it, or the request is formally presented through a diplomatic process like a Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty (MLAT) and approved by the US Department of Justice.
Unless prohibited by court order, Legal Robot will inform users of state and federal civil subpoenas for their information and provide an opportunity to challenge them before we disclose any information.
In addition to safeguarding private information and documents, we are committed to providing an open platform for analysis and discussion of public legal documents. We will provide statistics in our transparency report about notices demanding the removal of user-submitted content from our site due to alleged violations of copyright, trademark, or other laws.
Legal Robot will remove content in response to valid requests for removal under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”). For a request to be valid, it must comply with the statutory requirements outlined in the DMCA (see our Terms of Service for details). Requests can either be sent to us at firstname.lastname@example.org or via US Mail.
Each DMCA takedown notice is reviewed carefully and we assess whether the existence of the content can fall under an exception, such as “fair use” of the copyrighted material. If we believe that the existence of the content can be defended or falls under an exception under copyright law, then we may request further information from the requesting party that will assist us in our review.