A Canadian Court has ruled that identifying information on eight individual anonymous posters must be made available in a case regarding hate speech, with the court indicating that individuals posting on the Internet do not have a reasonable expectation of privacy.
The site in question is Free Dominion, a very conservative and heavily visited discussion board. This is a fairly complex case going back to at least summer 2007. The material in question is racist commentary (but maybe also misogynist and anti-gay commentary). Canadian law defines hate speech and declares it illegal. Since much of the commentary was produced under anonymous pseudonyms (which is typical for the cowardly purveyors of such toxic rhetoric), the question rises: Which is more protected, the objects of hate, or the privacy of the haters? Apparently, Canadian law and precedence is fairly undecided on this issue, and there has been some movement back and forth over recent years.