columbia wrote:CAVEAT: I AM NOT DEFENDING THE US GOVERNMENT BY POSING THIS HYPOTHETICAL QUESTION.
Suppose a group of would be terrorists needs a secure communication channel and they decide to all register for accounts on a gardening message board.
At that point, they use the PM system to communicate.
At some point, the feds - who are tracking their traffic - notice this commonality.
Being resourceful people, they deduce what is happening.
So if you run the message board and the feds come knocking and asking for access to their communications (without a warrant)......what do you do?
All depends on this: http://www.letsgopens.com/privacy.php
I will not share or sell any personal or visit information obtained from you with any other person or organization ever.
Some sites indicate that if you are doing something illegal on my website, its your own fault and I'll sell you down the river in a heartbeat. Others don't, and absolutely have a right to reserve in that respect.
Governments don't have the right to require private citizens to expose their private information, period. The harder they press, especially in a fashion that is Constitutionally indefensible as the NSA's programs, the better criminals will get at shrouding their secrets.