It was obviously a cowardly action by the sender, and they obviously knew thy couldn't be tracked through this particular free service.
gzt: If I understand the privacy legislation correctly it would take a police complaint before the operators of the service would consider releasing any information related to that session. For instance the operator may not have contact details but may have MAC and possibly browser user agent information which could be used in part to identify the user.
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coffeebaron: McDonald's free WiFi doesn't take any details. Same with most free WiFi spots.
chevrolux: When you deploy free wifi you generally a) limit the bandwidth guests get and b) limit total data per user. Granted mac spoofing will get around data quotas as these are generally mac based controls the speed can be bought right down to somewhere around 512kbps. Facebook will work fine at that speed, so will emails, trademe etc. In reality people aren't going to sit on that all day trying to torrent movies and keep changing their macs when the quota gets reached.
sbiddle: So you think every single provider, company or cafe who wants to offer free wifi should ask for multiple forms of ID before they let anybody use the internet?
blair003: I'm pretty glad we don't live in a world where individual users can be tracked to that degree.
Going forward it would be technically possible to require everyone to get a separate static ipv6 address for each device they want to connect to the internet so they can always be tracked wherever they go. Some people no doubt advocate this sort of requirement for the internet.
Thank god for at least some notion of anonymity. Trolls are a very, very small price to pay.
mattwnz:sbiddle: So you think every single provider, company or cafe who wants to offer free wifi should ask for multiple forms of ID before they let anybody use the internet?
Not multiple forms of ID, just one form of ID. You need an ID for most things these days. If you sign up to an ISP you have to prove your are who you say you are, and essentially free wifi providers are acting as an ISP. If they are not an ISP, then they are the ones who would have to take responsibility for everyone they lend their connections to. I guess they are already liable if someone downloaded copyright material through their connection, so it is surprising that they don't have require some form of ID to at least protect themselves. eg You have to login via your facebook account, google, or open ID, or like apple you just link the person to a credit card, so everyone seems to be doing it now to some degree. Paid wifi providers do require you to login, so free ones shouldn't be any different.
mattwnz: That isn't the type of problem I was referring to. I was referring to people using free wifi to abuse others, troll, cyberbully or even post defamatory information etc. Essentially from what I have been told, they can get away with it because these free providers don't track users. However you couldn't really get away with this if you use your home ISP, as if the police get involved, they can track you down by getting your ISP to link the IP address to the user using that IP address at the time. The same can't be done with free wifi hotspots that don't track users or have a login. So even though I have got the IP address of the abuser, and complained to the free wifi provider, they have basically said bad luck. It doesn't make sense to me that the free providers don't protect themselves or others.