Posted by Privacy, Man! (188.8.131.52) on June 26, 2001 at 01:30:13:
Although people can post a comment to the CH message board without providing their name or email address, the posts all contain the Internet IP address of the sender. For those of you who have cable/DSL, this may be a unique number that can link each and every post you make to your personal account.
There are a number of reasons that people might want confidentiality: 1) Your medical information is your business. If you want to share all details with millions of people on the internet, thats your choice. But people may be posting under a pseudonym, with the assumption that they are anonymous. Not always true here. And maybe not obvious to someone who knows little about computers.
2) Someone may abuse the information that you provide - there have been recent posts regarding cyberstalkers or harassers... potential employers, insurance companies, don't get me started.
3) Our government is not very permissive when it comes to some of the unorthodox treatments discussed here - ie, hallucinogens. Some people have have incriminated themselves; others may have made statements that get govt attention even though they have broken no laws.
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