Anonymous

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Full Title or Meme

Literally Anonymous means no name.

Context

HTTP ( used on Web Sites) was designed to operate without any identification and the REST protocol enforces that paradigm.

Problem

  1. All HTTP connections come with an IP address which is often unique to the location of the computer.
  2. All HTTPS (secure) connections come with a session Identifier which is needed to maintain the secure connection.
  3. Most Web Sites record all HTTP connections for security purposes.
  4. If the user expects any continuing from on sign in to the next, some sort of user Identifier is required.

Solution

  • The most trustworthy Web Sites will tell you when they identify you, but it has not be historically necessary that they do so.
  • Current legislations from the EU and California requires Web Sites to be more forthcoming about how they collect and use data.

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