Can you find out the identity of a blogger?

Mia April 25, 2011
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I recently read a blog where someone deliberately posted personal information, such as addresses on a very public blog. One of them was mine. Can I find out the identity of that blogger? I just want the link showing the addresses removed. Is this against the law?

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  1. Mil Mar
    April 30, 2011 at 6:25 am

    Uh.. I have questions before answering this:
    Why did they put it up? If this is a very public blog, then wouldn't just put any Joe Smoe's information up there.

    What information is up there? Name, address, phone, social networking profiles, pictures are already on the web (http://www.pipl.com/)

    There are a few ways of getting your info down, but I just want to make sure that if someones calling you out for something malicious, then I'm not helping you.

  2. Josh Fox
    April 25, 2011 at 9:36 pm

    Yes, it is against the law for people to post other people's personal information without their permission. Probably the best way to handle it would be to either comment on it there or report it to whoever hosts the blog. If it's not something like WordPress.com, Blogger, or Tumblr, you could report the site to whoever is responsible for the hosting or domain. You can usually find en email address to send a message to regarding abuse with whois. http://whois.net

    In cases where the author's goal is to violate people's privacy, contacting them directly probably wouldn't do any good. It just lets them know they were right. From there, it would probably lead to worse situations.