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Topic # 184032 7-Nov-2015 12:56
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I have a website with a little community. Users need to register, after which they're able to send messages to each other. Recently there was a scammer who was contacting users and trying to get their bank account details etc.

My thought was that I'd like to store the ip addresses of such dodgy people, but is that legal in NZ? I'd be storing the ip address in a way that would make it easy to associate it with the user, so you'd be able to know their name, email, etc. (not that [smart] dodgy people would use their real details).

Failing that, I could limit signups to NZers, which the site caters to anyway. But that probably means signing up for expensive geolocation databases, if i wanted decent reliability.

Or maybe there's a better solution I haven't thought of.

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  Reply # 1422817 7-Nov-2015 13:10
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"Dodgy people" tend to change their IP addresses frequently - sometimes every few minutes - so saving their IP addresses is probably a waste of time - regardless of the legal niceties.


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  Reply # 1422835 7-Nov-2015 13:47
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That is normal practice for any website to have logs of access. Why would you expect it to not be legal?




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  Reply # 1422858 7-Nov-2015 14:37
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richms: That is normal practice for any website to have logs of access. Why would you expect it to not be legal?

The question of legality was with regard to sharing that information, I believe.

@OP: should assist with tracking a majority of dodgy users. The talented/smart scammers will not be caught no matter what you do but the majority are not as smart as this cookie. ;)

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  Reply # 1423997 9-Nov-2015 21:07
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Cheers for the responses. Ye true, makes sense that it would only apply to sharing the data. I was reading this, which made me think:

evercookie looks good.

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  Reply # 1424015 9-Nov-2015 22:00
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Pretty sure every community/forum website does this

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  Reply # 1424043 9-Nov-2015 22:52
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Store the IP address. Some people change IP addresses but most won't. Use a service such as as well.

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