Legal Issues in Anonymity and Pseudonymity

AAAS Symposium Volume, 15 The Information Society 113

University of Miami Legal Studies Research Paper No. 16-12

Posted: 3 Mar 2016  

A. Michael Froomkin

University of Miami - School of Law

Date Written: 1999

Abstract

The regulation of anonymous and pseudonymous communications promises to be one of the most important and contentious Internet-related issues of the next decade. Resolution of this contraversy will have direct effects on the freedom of speech, the nature of electronic commerce, and the capabilities of law enforcement. The legal resolution of the anonymity issue also is closely bound up with other difficult and important legal issues: campaign finance laws, economic regulation, freedom of speech on the Internet generally, the protection of intellectual property, and general approaches to privacy and data protection law. The legal constraints on anonymous communication, and the constitutional constraints on those who would regulate it further, thus should be considered in tandem with the policies animating regulation and also their side effects.

Keywords: anonymity, pseudonymity, Internet law, cyberlaw

Suggested Citation

Froomkin, A. Michael, Legal Issues in Anonymity and Pseudonymity (1999). AAAS Symposium Volume, 15 The Information Society 113 ; University of Miami Legal Studies Research Paper No. 16-12. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2741193

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