And where from do these shady characters get large lists of e-mail addresses, social security numbers, credit card numbers, and the like? From databases that retain such data. In order to combat these problems, it would seem prudent to limit such data retention to the strictly necessary minimum.There seem to be way, way, way more instances of spammers, phishing expeditions, fraudsters, character assassins [...] than there are examples of genuinely good things like whistle-blowing and free expression under non-free regimes that might legitimately be protected by anonymity.
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err, yes, i have a journal. i don't record stuff like where my cat shit last night, which customer annoyed me today or how the party last saturday was. i wouldn't do that, because i can't imagine a situation in which i would want to look that up later, but first of all i wouldn't do it on-line. while i can't imagine a situation in which information like this could be useful in a way i would approve of, i'm aware that there are people out there who read rubbish like that, but i don't want to d