Records Preservation Inquiry

Dufort, Austin (CRM) Austin.Dufort at
Thu Aug 30 14:24:23 EDT 2018

Thanks for the response. I understand that Pidgin is more of a platform than a communications service provider, and, as such, does not maintain user accounts. Could you please confirm that Pidgin would not be able to preserve or produce any message content or other details related to its users. Thanks again for your help here.



-----Original Message-----
From: Luke Schierer [mailto:luke at] 
Sent: Wednesday, August 22, 2018 6:15 AM
To: Dufort, Austin (CRM) <Austin.Dufort at CRM.USDOJ.GOV>
Cc: security at; Horn, Jesse (CRM) <Jesse.Horn at CRM.USDOJ.GOV>; board at
Subject: Re: Records Preservation Inquiry

Pidgin as an IM client does not have accounts.  Pidgin connects to accounts on other services. 

The only data we host is the email list archives and our developer's (those with email addresses) home directories. 

Whata "records" or data would you be looking to preserve? 

This sort of thing should be sent to board at  


On Tue, Aug 21, 2018 at 03:33:28PM +0000, Dufort, Austin (CRM) wrote:
> Greetings Pidgin,
> My name is Austin Dufort, and I am an International Affairs Specialist with the Office of International Affairs, U.S. Department of Justice. I am currently involved with a case that may necessitate the submission of a records preservation request relating to data that may be hosted by Pidgin.
> Accordingly, could you please advise as to whether it is your policy to notify an account holder upon receipt of a preservation request? Additionally, would you also please inform us how Pidgin prefers to receive legal process (e.g., via e-mail, fax, etc.), and to whom and where such process should be addressed? Thank you very much for your assistance in this matter.
> Regards,
> Austin Dufort
> International Affairs Specialist
> Office of International Affairs
> Criminal Division, U.S. Department of Justice
> 1301 New York Ave., N.W.
> Washington, D.C. 20530
> (202) 353-0269
> austin.dufort at<mailto:austin.dufort at>

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