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#1 Jura

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Posted 25 May 2012 - 11:44 AM

Anonymous likely brings 4chan and other image boards to mind first, but mind you this will include blog comments and even forums like you're reading now.

A web site administrator [b]upon request[/b] shall [b]remove[/b] any comments posted on his or her web site by an anonymous poster unless such anonymous poster [b]agrees to attach his or her name to the post and confirms that his or her IP address, legal name, and home address are accurate[/b]. All web site administrators shall have a contact number or e-mail address posted for such removal requests, clearly visible in any sections where comments are posted.

Source: http://www.geekosyst...nate-bill-6779/
Bill can be found on: http://assembly.stat...erm=2011&Text=Y

The really great article goes on about attaching an IP address to someone is a really poor way of identification and that the bill does not say to where or who the information needs to be validated with. Does one confirm their identity with a government agency or with the site's webmaster?

My thoughts on this comes from the growing size of social networks. Large sites don't have the manpower to solve conflicts between people or to properly moderate. Sites like Youtube, Facebook, and similar is likely what the lawmakers are thinking of.

Sites are suppose to have different ways and degrees of handling cyber bullying so that people can decide where they want to visit and be apart of.

#2 EhNani

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Posted 28 May 2012 - 08:08 PM

Let's give everyone an individual IP via v6. Oh wait, ignore me. That's just crazy talk.

#3 Raven

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Posted 30 June 2013 - 11:12 AM

What of those who use multiple IPs? xD