Despite the illusion of anonymity when communicating via the internet, there are ways to discover a user’s identity. If defamatory language has been directed at you online, legal recourse is available and TCS can help.
Using advanced forensic analysis techniques, and sometimes by accessing the dark web, your Digital Forensic Examiner at TCS can take you beyond “Google Intelligence.” With a bit of luck, we can connect the identity of an online persona with who s/he is in the real world.
Online Communication & Defamation Law
Communicating online has opened up a host of new forums in which to share ideas.
While reaching a wider audience can be beneficial, sometimes careless or even malicious utterances can be hurtful or damaging to others.
Oftentimes, harmful language is considered defamatory, and defamation is illegal.
Essentially, the same legal standard applies online as to when harmful, untrue statements are made about a person in more traditional forums. Even when information about you is shared “anonymously,” defamation laws still apply if identity can be established and proven.
Libel & Slander
Defamation online can take two forms. If the utterance is written, it is referred to as cyber-libel, and when the utterance is spoken it is referred to as cyber-slander.
Generally, cyber-libelous statements are made in the following forums:
message/bulletin boards, social media, blog posts, articles, and social networking sites. Cyber-slander may occur via Skype or when using other live conferencing platforms.
In our experience, a phone call or message to tell the perpetrator that you have discovered their identity is all that it takes for them to remove defamatory material or to stop cyber-slandering you.
For more malicious cases, we can collect electronic data and assemble it into a coherent form that law enforcement or a lawyer can use to pursue your case further.