AOL Has To Give Up Users' Names

from the privacy-schmivacy dept

The Virginia Supreme Court has ruled that AOL needs to reveal the name of one of their customers who has been accused of anonomously psting defamatory statements in an internet forum. AOL is arguing that it violates the subscriber’s First Amendment rights, but the court disagreed. As the article points out, the law on this matter is not at all settled – and there are a number of similar cases going on around the country. Clearly, sooner or later, this matter will end up before the Supreme Court.

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