June 14, 1999 |
On the Internet, the joke goes, nobody knows you're a dog. But the anonymity that has emboldened countless Internet users to post their opinions on everything from stocks to religious cults is increasingly being punctured by a simple legal maneuver. Publicly traded companies and other targets of such postings are filing a surging number of "John Doe" lawsuits that enable them to subpoena the identities of their online critics from America Online, Yahoo and other Internet firms.
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December 23, 2010 |
Los Angeles Times restaurant critic S. Irene Virbila ducked into Red Medicine, a new Beverly Hills restaurant, for some modern Vietnamese food the other night, but got nothing to eat. Instead, she was outed and ousted, her party turned away, her picture snapped and critic's anonymity shredded by the restaurateur himself. "I always knew at some point a blogger or somebody would take a secret photo. But I never expected that a restaurateur would stick a camera in my face," Virbila said Wednesday.
December 11, 2012 |
There are a lot of things you can buy with $192 million in Arizona, but anonymity isn't one of them. As the Times reported Monday , Matthew Good of Fountain Hills, Ariz., purchased one of the two winning Powerball tickets for the record-setting $587.5-million jackpot two weeks ago. Though Good wanted to remain anonymous, he bought his ticket in his home state, so he didn't have a choice. Because lotteries like Powerball, which is played in 43 (including California starting in April)
January 22, 1999 |
In the first prosecution under a new state cyber-stalking statute, a North Hollywood man has been charged with using the Internet in an attempt to set up the rape of a woman who had spurned his romantic advances. The case, which underscores the darker consequences of the Internet's power as a vast but largely anonymous medium, centers on the chilling account of a North Hollywood woman.
September 8, 1991
I was enjoying the article until Callahan/you broke his personal anonymity. This anonymity is the 12th and last tradition of Alcoholics Anonymous, which, thankfully, most active members observe. LEE ANONYMOUS Los Angeles
August 13, 2010 |
Since last spring, the outstanding riddle of the campaign for Proposition 23 has involved one of its leading donors, the mysterious Adam Smith Foundation of Jefferson City, Mo. Proposition 23 is the November ballot initiative aimed at overthrowing AB 32, the state's pioneering regulation of emissions of greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide. Most of the money pushing the initiative has come from the oil industry, the primary target of AB 32. And most of those donors are out in the open, appearing by name in campaign disclosures — they include Tesoro Corp.