Anonymity on the internet

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Registered: 01-03-2001
Anonymity on the internet
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Wed, 08-08-2012 - 8:24am

Has anyone been watching the unfolding battle between Twitter and the NYPD? Twitter and NYPD are going head-to-head about tweeted threats and Twitter not wanting to give up the identity of the user. Internet privacy and safety issues are being talked about all over the news now.

What do you think-should a Web site be forced to give up the names of it's users? Is privacy a big concern to you? If you had to use your real name or other identifying information to post something on the internet (or knew that a Web site could be forced to give your information to someone else), would you be as active in social networking, communities, and forums?

Karla
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Registered: 02-16-2009
Wed, 08-08-2012 - 9:05am

When you have an obvious threat that happened on Twitter, then yes there needs to be responsibility for public safety.  Most people are smart enough to no that there is no privacy on the internet.

I once posted only here about therapy dogs and received three different spams on therapy dogs.  This lack of privacy is why I don't post my grands names-only once when they are born.  I will never do photos.

There are some places where I don't use my real name.  However, since I have to list all info to be able to set up a screen name, it kinds of defeats the purpose.  I'm sure many of the websites sell the names and email addresses.

K

Karen
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Wed, 08-08-2012 - 9:15am
kreader wrote:

...  Most people are smart enough to no that there is no privacy on the internet.

I have to say that it honestly surprises me that people still don't realize this. I was following a conversation on FB recently and stumbled into messages between two people that included cell phone numbers and dinner plans. I am betting they can't figure out why they suddenly have so many spammy calls and texts.

Karla
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Registered: 10-19-2000
Thu, 08-09-2012 - 10:14pm

I do NOT believe that the 'owners' of internet sites should be forced to give up the "actual" name (and address) of their users........UNLESS  it is law enforcement requesting the information and the individuals posting are obviously breaking the law or threatening to break the law.

We really have no "expectancy" of privacy on the public forums provided by th internet!  If you think you do.....you are sooooooo wrong!!!!

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Registered: 05-25-1999
Sat, 08-11-2012 - 8:06am

Ok, if you think that a postcard you got or sent wasn't read by everyone who touched it from the time it was mailed till it was delivered then you would be wrong and Heaven forbid that you ever mailed a postcard with your SS number, phone number and mother's maiden name on it.

The internet is an electonic postcard. If you treat it like that you will do just fine.

As in the real world the only time information should be given up is to the police in a life or death situation... if you don't like that someone said you had an eagle beak for a nose.....UNFRIEND THEM.... and don't look back..