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    Senior Member flynnaus's Avatar
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    Be careful what you say online

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    Cyber poison-penner hunted down and sued

    LEGAL counsel Martin Bennett has a short message for those who allow themselves to attack reputations over the internet, imagining they are safe under the cloak of anonymity. You can be hunted down and found, he said yesterday.

    Mr Bennett has done just that for a Perth client, winning $30,000 in damages and costs, an apology, and undertakings from a Colac man that he wont post any more defamatory comments.

    The hunt for the mans true identity proved the stuff of private detective novels updated into the age of blogs.

    It is, Mr Bennett said, one of a very few such actions in Australia against the author of anonymous postings on an internet forum. He predicts it is the tip of a legal iceberg.

    There has been an increasing proliferation of internet chat sites where people feel free to hide their identities and make defamatory comments about companies and their executives and directors, he said in a statement released after the case in the Supreme Court of Western Australia was resolved.


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    Senior Member Pavoniboy's Avatar
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    Re: Becareful what you say online

    I find it amazing how many people using their own home computer think they are truly anonymous online and cannot be tracked.

    My motto has become, if you wouldnt declare it to the whole world in public, then dont write it on the net or in an email.

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    Re: Be careful what you say online

    To me, this is a throwback to what I was told ten or eleven years ago in Year 7 the first day in our schools computer lab by my IT teacher.

    "Before you send an email, MSN message, or SMS, read it. If its not something you would have the balls to say to a persons face, DONT SEND THE DAMNED THING!"

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