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Nowhere to hide

This article was first published by New Law Journal on 14 December 2012, and is reproduced by kind permission.

Case law shows that anonymous internet users have no hiding place, says Sophia Purkis.

The growth of business conducted electronically has provided those with an eye to innovative commercial development with enormous opportunities. It has also created new challenges for those involved in the prosecution of civil wrongs. The courts have recently re-affirmed that they are not fazed by these developments and are applying established rules to meet more novel circumstances, including to identify those who (whether deliberately or not) are conferred anonymity by their use of the internet. More…