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March 17, 2004

Anonymous

The expectation of a degree of anonymity while surfing "the internet" may change with the outcome of a file-sharing case (via Fred). I am not sure what to make of this claim. Do we not lose our expectation of privacy whenever we traffic in stolen goods?

A ruling in favour of the Canadian Recording Industry Association would mean the loss of anonymity of anything shared using peer-to-peer software, including photos and text, for the 29 people named in the civil action, said Alex Cameron. Cameron is representing the Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic in the Federal Court case pitting the recording-industry association against high-speed Internet service providers.

"(The) effect of the order would be to strip away anonymity," said Cameron. "Those documents were shared on the assumption the sharing was done anonymously . . . (if order is granted) people will perceive that online activities are no longer anonymous."

Posted by Ghost of a flea at March 17, 2004 08:33 AM