Legal threat shows DocumentCloud’s ‘tricky position’ when hosting sensitive documents

Nieman Journalism Lab
DocumentCloud has removed 14,400 leaked emails related to a company with ties to News Corp. after the company, NDS, objected because they contain trade secrets and confidential information. The Australian Financial Review used the emails to report on an alleged piracy scheme regarding pay TV. Nieman Lab’s Justin Ellis writes:

What’s interesting about this story is it demonstrates the tricky position DocumentCloud can find itself in when acting as an intermediate layer for sensitive information. Just as Amazon opened itself up to legal pressure when it hosted WikiLeaks on its cloud service, DocumentCloud could face potential legal risk for the documents it hosts.

Investigative Reporters and Editors, which operates DocumentCloud, asked Financial Review’s owner to indemnify it against any legal liability, but the company refused. Instead, Financial Review has made some of the emails available for download from its own site. || Earlier: New York Times, Wall Street Journal whistleblower services languishing (Forbes)

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