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Expert, Courts: Web Privacy Only Goes So Far

DATA PROTECTION—U.S.

January 21, 2011

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution explores the question of whether it is possible to have privacy on the Web. "People believe that they're acting anonymously on the Internet, and to a certain extent that may be true," said media attorney Peter Canfield, "but people have virtually no privacy on the Internet. When you go online, you leave tracks that can be followed and traced." Others point to the potential for defamation on the Internet by anonymous posters. Experts point to Internet privacy issues as generating litigation across the nation, with courts indicating the Web users' identities "should only be available if it's for a court case and not just to seek retribution," the report states.
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