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Anonymous text messages - yay, nay or grey?

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  Quote Deon Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Topic: Anonymous text messages - yay, nay or grey?
    Posted: 09/October/2010 at 03:32
Hi :)

I'm an 18year old software programmer from Melbourne, and I've managed to write a very interesting piece of software.

The software allows a user to send a text message to another party and not have their details come up - whats more, it is not possible to 'save' these text messages. Once the recipient reads the message, it is erased.

Although you're thinking 'this is a terrible idea!', it was a standard feature of a certain series of Nokia's a while back but they discontinued it, and the functionality is now quite hard to repeat.

I am using the standard SMS network, and will be maintaining logs that will provide an amount of identification to me in the case of harrassment/subpoena/etc.

I ran a closed-beta test for 2 weeks and 100% of the messages were 'fun' in nature, tricking people, scaring friends stuff like that.. not a single message was maliciously intended.

I plan to launch the software this weekend - as far as I can tell from a quick look over the Telecommunications Act 1997, this is not illegal as such.. but I just wanted to get some advice from other individuals before I did something that could land me in hot water :)

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  Quote MartinO Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09/October/2010 at 03:41
Deon, could I suggest that you use your talents for something worthwhile. What on earth do you think such a piece of software would be used for other than for sending nasty anonymous hate messages. If legislation has not caught up with technology in this area, I expect it soon will.

Please think again.
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  Quote QuoVadis Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15/September/2011 at 07:40
I'm sure you'll find out one way or another.
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  Quote MickOne Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15/September/2011 at 21:34
There is a reason the functionality was removed from future models. This is a technology that will cause more problems than it will joy.

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  Quote AsiaOilDude Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15/September/2011 at 22:25
You can send anonymous text messages from Skype and other online services. I don't see it as a big issue myself.

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  Quote Baddoneby Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19/September/2011 at 08:43
Their could only be a couple of reasons why people would want that sort of technology.
Very clever of you to design it.
Im sure their will be people who'll purchase it.

As per MartinO comments, I think if that sort of software became available their would be legislation passed to outlaw the sale of it, or at best prosecute those who utilise it for naughty purposes.

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  Quote AsiaOilDude Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19/September/2011 at 11:12
Originally posted by Baddoneby

Their could only be a couple of reasons why people would want that sort of technology.
Very clever of you to design it.
Im sure their will be people who'll purchase it.

As per MartinO comments, I think if that sort of software became available their would be legislation passed to outlaw the sale of it, or at best prosecute those who utilise it for naughty purposes.


Oh baloney.... have they outlawed anonymous poison pen letters via snail mail?

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