@RE Vernon You use the UK slnlpieg of some words I also use the US slnlpieg of some words, which seems inconsistent, doesn't it? The reason will become apparent in a moment. You comment on UK politics I also comment on US and EU politics, and many other things outside my sphere of interest, for reasons I'm about to explain. You posted a picture of a moth to uk.rec.gardening asking what kind of moth it is, along with stating the fact it flew through your window and youre in NE Scotland. Guess where Cruden Bay is. You rear endume that publishing and authoring are the same thing. The fact is that Slated has many users, all published under the pseudonym of Homer (usually). That is in fact what Slated is for (hence the tagline: You can run, but you can't hide ). This is why Homer seems to be different people, with different interests, speaking different languages and living on different continents, at different times.Personally, I have no interest in gardening or moths. The fact is I don't even have a garden. The person above (now sadly deceased, which is why his record ends so abruptly) was merely an elderly contributer. There are others, some of whom are technophobes who don't even own a computer (they correspond through intermediaries), some of whom are disabled, and some of whom merely wish to protect themselves from exposure (for various reasons). One is a software developer quite well known by his full pseudonym, but whom nobody (in the software development community) has ever met in real life, for reasons he/she wishes to remain private, and I'm only too happy to oblige. Some Homers need to provide full names for registration purposes, but even those names are pseudonymous and, as you may have noticed, all different (which should tell you something). In the US its illegal to register a business with false information. Of course, but then being illegal doesn't stop it happening. I've just finished reading an article in which one businessman is suspected of operating thousands of shell companies, none of which have any employees, all registered under false idenpillowies in the Cayman Islands, but none of which have any verifiable links to the suspect.I'm certainly not endorsing that sort of behavior, given that he's probably a scam artist, but it does prove the point that anonymity is possible, even in business. If they see that you are connecting from a known anonymising proxy you may be a fake. If it's a known proxy service. OTOH, where do you suppose the bulk of today's spam and DDoS attacks come from? Certainly not official proxy services. I forget the exact figure, but I believe it was once estimated that most computers on the Internet have served as unwilling proxies or Botnet nodes at one time or another. Masking one's true IP address is a trivial affair. The only way to solve this issue is for Governments to create laws on the use of this data and create data expiration dates. Agreed, but that won't stop people breaking the law anyway, so you'll still need to take proactive measures to protect your own privacy. And by breaking the law, I'm not just talking about companies sharing your data without authorization, I'm also talking about hackers taking it by force (e.g. Sony).Both companies and their customers need to get more serious about privacy and security issues.