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Threat to Online Privacy Starts With the Way the Internet Makes Money

There’s something quaint about the ruling last week from an appeals court in Indiana.

From Edward Wasserman's blog Unsocial Media:

There’s something quaint about the ruling last week from an appeals court in Indiana concerning an anonymous comment posted on The Indianapolis Star’s website. The 2009 posting suggested a local notable had embezzled money from a troubled project, and he wanted to sue for defamation. Trouble is, he didn’t know whom to sue because the author of the posting used a make-believe name. The newspaper wouldn’t help because it believed the writer deserved protection as a confidential news source. The court ruled, essentially, that if presented with compelling evidence that the posting was false and damaging, the trial court could order the author identified.read more

POSTED: Thursday, March 1, 2012 - 3:33pm
UPDATED: Monday, December 8, 2014 - 9:25am
WRITTEN BY:
Edward Wasserman