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EFF Goes to Court Over Keeping Glassdoor Commenters Anonymous
The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is advocating for keeping a Glassdoor commenter’s identity anonymous to a California state court, basing its claim on First Amendment protections. According to the press release:
EFF filed a motion to quash a subpoena for identifying information of its client [J. Doe] after the cryptocurrency exchange company known as Kraken filed suit against several anonymous reviewers seeking to identify them based upon a claim that they breached their severance agreements. …
Doe took care writing the [Glassdoor] review, … promising not to disclose confidential information or disparage or defame the company. Kraken publicly responded to Doe’s review of the company on the Glassdoor site, thanking Doe for the feedback and wishing Doe the best.
However, in May of last year, Kraken changed course and began targeting Doe and other former employees. The company filed a lawsuit against ten Doe defendants, including our client, claiming they breached their severance contracts and seeking to identify them. …
In the motion filed … in Superior Court in Marin County, California, EFF explains that courts have long recognized that attempts to unmask anonymous speakers not only harm the speakers’ First Amendment rights, but can chill the speech of others who may want to do the same but fear being unmasked. The motion asks the court to adopt stronger legal protections for Doe and other anonymous speakers, which require more than a mere allegation of illegal activity before the anonymity is breached.
For more information, read the press release.
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