The Limits of Internet Privacy February 13, 2008Posted by Michael in Ducks, Law.
There are legal limits to your online anonymity. For example, let’s say you and five other guys were successful bidders in an online sex auction, and never revealed your true identity to the woman you won. No way (you might think) that she has any right to discover who you are.
BERLIN (Reuters) – A woman in Germany who became pregnant after an online sex auction has won a court battle to force the Web site that hosted the sale to reveal the names of the winners, so she can find out who’s the father.
Six different men won Internet auctions to have sex with the woman in April and May last year. They were only known to her by their online names, a spokesman for a court in the southwestern city of Stuttgart said Wednesday.
“The woman wanted to discover which one of the men had made her pregnant,” the spokesman said. “So she needed their contact details. Of course, if they’re not willing to go along with the gene test, she’ll have to take them to court.”
I suspect that a U.S. court would rule the same way, on the basis that the best interests of the child trump the privacy rights of the putative fathers.
I had never heard of online sex auctions before. Maybe this is an idea we could use to raise funds for the exorbitant bandwidth costs of Innocent Bystanders. I will just auction off a night of passion with IB Studmuffin Dave in Texas to a few lucky women, and we will make a fortune.