anonymity

Report: It’s Easy to Identify Someone from Anonymized Databases

A new study claims that it is quite easy to identify an individual from a database of anonymized information, even when personal details have been removed. The Silicon Valley Masters of the Universe claim that their usage and potential sale of user data to advertisers protects privacy by anonymizing the data, a claim shaken by the new study.

FILE: In this file photo the Facebook Inc. logo is reflected in the eyeglasses of a user in this arranged photo in San Francisco, California, U.S., on Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011. A Facebook IPO would provide funds to help the social-networking service maintain its expansion and fend off competition from …

EU Governing Body Proposes End of Anonymity for Bitcoin

In the purported interest of keeping people safe, the European Commission wants to make us all easier to find. In an announcement released today, the EU’s executive body says it wants to stop the anonymous use of virtual currencies like Bitcoin in order to improve security.

Bitcoin (Rick Bowmer / AP)

Why Online Anonymity frightens Progressives

The United States, as we know it today, was born in an anonymous debate. On September 27, 1787, an anonymous writer using the pen-name “Cato” wrote an essay for the New York press, criticising the proposed US constitution, which was then awaiting ratification by the states. Cautioning against an overly-powerful executive and the establishment of a standing army, the essay soon triggered a response from “Publius,” another pseudonymous author, who argued in favour of the new constitution. By then a third pesudonymous critic, “Brutus,” had also entered the debate.

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