ok, but many (but not all) courts have upheld anonymous speech as being part of the free speech the constitution protects. talley v california 1960 is the landmark. mcintyre v ohio (1995) is the best known. Doe v Cahill, Dendrite,and 2theMart are cases that apply this to discovery. I have not yet read the Illinois case to see if it gets the balance right. Generally, courts are saying the plaintiff has to show they have a case before they can get at the data, because otherwise people bring bogus cases just to mine the data to silence their enemies.
- arbitrary aardvark