Identification in Cyberspace

Alžběta Krausová

Abstract

Cyberspace could be compared with a fancy-dress ball. Before entering this different world everybody chooses a mask of some appearance, a certain social role and comes in with a new identity. As there are many kinds of people, we can find virtual identities which truly correspond to real persons in almost every aspect. However, majority of people use illusory anonymity of the cyberspace to enjoy the freedom to be anybody they want to be. Such people create various masks painted with false colours. These people try to avoid revelation of their real identities. Ways of their identification by means of law are not sufficient and effective yet.
In this paper the author is going to focus on non-legal means of identification, namely on technical means and on identity detection with help of publicly available means. Legal conditions of using these means shall be also clarified. The author will try to explore informative value of data acquired this way and answer the question if they can be used as a body of evidence at court.

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