Often government investigators and prosecutors will attempt to gather evidence from third-parties, such as relatives, employers, internet service providers, cloud computing companies and email hosting operations. Investigators from the FBI and other federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies will use a number of procedural vehicles to seek this evidence. Often that might include search warrants. When learning of these warrants, it is key that a recipient immediately contract competent legal counsel to protect the interests of the third-party. This is important so that the third-party can limit the dangers associated with broad fishing expeditions, help protect the privacy of other customers, vendors, or employees, and minimize the cost associated with compliance and equipment seizures. At Harvey & Binnall, we can also work with clients to develop protocols for unannounced searches.