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Privacy Scandal at Let's Japan

Dark Angel

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Do you think your identity is safe when discussing issues about Japan on the Internet? Well, if you post on Let's Japan, it isn't.

One of the moderators at Let's Japan took personal information about a user and tracked him down to Nova. Then he emailed the user threatening to tell Nova about the user's messages, just becasue he did not like the guy's posts!

http://www.letsjapan.org/htdocs/dcforum/DCForumID1/680.html


From the moderator:

Dear XXXXXXXXXX,

surprised? don't be. I know all about you now. this time the e-mail goes to you. if you ever come back to Let's Japan

I'm sending all this to nova along with copies of your worst posts. see, your contract says you aren't allowed to act as a spokesman for the company, so I especially don't think they would be happy with your process of

(1) propaganda and then (2)
freaking out like some sort of psychopath and then flaming everyone that doesn't swallow your bullshit. so, in addition if anyone from nova calls me or anything else, I will also assume that it is because of you.

go the hell away. get a life while you're at it too.

XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX


That means they are free to use your personal information in any way they like. Your email, your IP address and the sites that you came from are all fair game. They can and will be used to track you down and report you and your posts to your employer.

Some of the Let's Japan users, including myself, protested this abuse of power. We agree that board owners should be allowed to ban whoever they like, but that to threaten to expose the user to their employer with posts the user made under the belief that the posts were anonymous was a breach of messageboard ethics.

this is not the first time that a user's identity has been abused on Let's Japan. Several months ago a user called "Slavemaster" was outed for voicing opinions that members of the board did not like.

Asking about the privacy policy caused two users, including myself, to be banished from Let's Japan, but not before Shawn admitted that there was NO privacy policy. Sadly, Thir would not answer the very simple question:

"Do you think it is ok for your moderator to threaten to expose an anonymous poster to his employer?"

Thir does not understand that privacy is a right, not a privelege. Do not post on Let's Japan, especially if you work at Nova or any other large language school. You can, and will, be tracked down and your anonymous posts may be reported to your employer.

Dark Angel

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Erik

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Originally posted by Dark Angel
Do you think your identity is safe when discussing issues about Japan on the Internet? Well, if you post on Let's Japan, it isn't.

One of the moderators at Let's Japan took personal information about a user and tracked him down to Nova. Then he emailed the user threatening to tell Nova about the user's messages, just becasue he did not like the guy's posts!

http://www.letsjapan.org/cgi-bin/dcforum/
dcboard.cgi?az=show_thread&om=680&forum=DCForumID1&viewmode=all


From the moderator:

Dear XXXXXXXXXX,

surprised? don't be. I know all about you now. this time the e-mail goes to you. if you ever come back to Let's Japan

I'm sending all this to nova along with copies of your worst posts. see, your contract says you aren't allowed to act as a spokesman for the company, so I especially don't think they would be happy with your process of

(1) propaganda and then (2)
freaking out like some sort of psychopath and then flaming everyone that doesn't swallow your bullshit. so, in addition if anyone from nova calls me or anything else, I will also assume that it is because of you.

go the hell away. get a life while you're at it too.

XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX


That means they are free to use your personal information in any way they like. Your email, your IP address and the sites that you came from are all fair game. They can and will be used to track you down and report you and your posts to your employer.

Some of the Let's Japan users, including myself, protested this abuse of power. We agree that board owners should be allowed to ban whoever they like, but that to threaten to expose the user to their employer with posts the user made under the belief that the posts were anonymous was a breach of messageboard ethics.

this is not the first time that a user's identity has been abused on Let's Japan. Several months ago a user called "Slavemaster" was outed for voicing opinions that members of the board did not like.

Asking about the privacy policy caused two users, including myself, to be banished from Let's Japan, but not before Shawn admitted that there was NO privacy policy. Sadly, Thir would not answer the very simple question:

"Do you think it is ok for your moderator to threaten to expose an anonymous poster to his employer?"

Thir does not understand that privacy is a right, not a privelege. Do not post on Let's Japan, especially if you work at Nova or any other large language school. You can, and will, be tracked down and your anonymous posts may be reported to your employer.

Dark Angel

Yeah, that sucks. But owners have the right to read all things private on their website pretty much, if I remember right (at least in my country). However, posting off private information like addresses and other personal information can be acceptable depending on the disclaimer for signing up to their service. Was what he did legal? Maybe. Was it justified? IMO, No.


When I click on that link you gave me, this is what I get...

Access Denied

You have been denied access to Let's Japan.org because of your inappropiate behavior on the message board.

If you feel you've been wrongly banned, contact the Webmaster.
 

thomas

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I have read about that issue on another board, but won't comment on other webmasters' affairs. Also, I don't know anything about the legal protection of personally identifying information in Japan, but I noticed that the site in question does not display any privacy statement.

Here's how we deal with these issues at japanreference.com

Privacy Statement

=> http://www.japanreference.com/privacy/

Terms of Service

=> http://www.japanreference.com/disclaimer/
 

ghettocities

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In my case it's kind of funny with Ghettocities and all, I was over at Hachiko in Shibuya (regular foreigner spot in Tokyo,) last week and all the sudden I noticed that across from me there was this foreigner dude taking my photo like crazy with his cellphone,, well I started getting pissed hearing the photo-chime go off as much as it was, he then stood up from where he was sitting, started walking over to me while still shooting photos (of me), I flipped him off, asked what the #### he was doing, he then walked right up to me and took like two or three photos before he ran off towards the cross-walk area, it was pretty funny.

I feel really sorry for that guy though, if he loses NOVA then like how is he going to be able to survive in Japan? it'd be rough so I wish whoever that person is the best of luck, really.

Josh
 
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