Internet Privacy in Nepal and Internet Service Providers (ISP)

"The right to privacy... is the most comprehensive of rights
 and the right most valued by civilized man"
         - Justice Louis Brandeis, US Supreme Court, 1928

In fact, according to International law, it is not illegal for anyone to view 
or disclose an electronic communication if the communication is "readily 
accessible" to the public". 

Our dedicated team is working hard to check all Internet Service Provider's Consumer privacy policy in Nepal and compare to other International providers and working with International Privacy right activist's so that we could file case against ISP's of Nepal if they violate any privacy of their consumer against data protection act already exist in Nepal.  If any Internet service provider act against international rules and regulations and pass your detail to Nepal government they will be prosecuted and their business will be shut down, at this instance we recommend our viewers to be extremely cautious and watch, where appropriate ask your ISP or change your ISP which suits your demand. 

Our Privacy guarantee to you : Your privacy is guarantee. We do not hold any information about you. Visiting this site, reading any articles/news from this site, leaving comments of forum or chat are completely independent from us. We hold no information from it; we use no any script to track your IP. You are completely safe surfing this site.

Visiting any web site is not illegal ( , ,, and if Mercantile do not announce that Mercantile is not collecting any data, then you should change your ISP. MOS must announce that they don't violate any users privacy,

Some international Privacy issues are listed below, keep refreshing your browser for update. 

Nepal's Biggest internet Service Provider's terms and Conditions are below, as they do not have any standard user privacy policy and they do not have any authorized Trust's Certificate, we recommend our viewers to ask them where is their Trust-e certificate and privacy Guarantee, if not switch to alternative provider.

Mercantile terms and conditions

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Terms And Conditions For Cybertrail Access Account

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Aol Privacy Policy

AOL's Privacy Policy - An Overview
America Online, Inc. is strongly committed to protecting the privacy of consumers of its interactive products and services. Throughout cyberspace, we want to contribute to providing a safe and secure environment for consumers, and in particular, ensure that kids' information is protected.

While this privacy policy applies to the AOL Anywhere site and all of the other Internet-accessible AOL-branded services, like AOL Instant Messenger, we will refer here only to AOL Anywhere to make reading this policy easier. The AOL Internet online service has a separate privacy policy for its members. If you are an AOL member, you can find that policy within our Terms of Service. The purpose of this AOL Anywhere privacy policy is to inform you, as a welcome visitor to AOL Anywhere, what kinds of information we may gather about you when you visit AOL Anywhere, how we may use that information, whether we disclose it to anyone, and the choices you have regarding our use of, and your ability to correct, the information. Finally, please note that this policy applies only to AOL Anywhere and Web sites that carry the AOL Anywhere brand, and not to other companies' or organizations' Web sites to which we link. We have clearly marked AOL Anywhere and these branded Web sites with our logo so you know where this policy applies.

Information About All AOL Anywhere Visitors
In general, our service automatically gathers certain usage information like the numbers and frequency of visitors to AOL Anywhere and its areas, very much like television ratings that tell the networks how many people tuned in to a program. We only use such data in the aggregate. This collective data helps us determine how much our customers use parts of the site, so we can improve our site to assure that it is as appealing as we can make it for as many of you as possible. For example, AOL Anywhere uses a technology nicknamed "cookies" that tells us how and when pages in our site are visited, and by how many people. AOL cookies do not collect personally identifiable information and we do not combine information collected through cookies with other personally identifiable information to tell us who you are or even what your screen name or e-mail address is. We also may provide statistical "ratings" information, never information about you personally, to our AOL Anywhere partners about how our members, collectively, use AOL Anywhere. We do this so they too can understand how much people use their areas and our site in order for them to provide you with the best possible Web experience as well.

Information About You
Sometimes, we may specifically ask for information about you when you sign up to use a service, like AOL Instant Messenger, or when you order a product. We will need certain information -- such as name, Internet address or screen name, billing address, type of computer, credit card number -- in order to provide that service or product to you. We may also use that information to let you know of additional products and services about which you might be interested. You can choose not to receive such information if you don't want to by letting us know on the registration screen when you sign up for the product or service. We may ask you for information about your interests so that both you and we can take advantage of the interactivity of the online medium, but you may always choose to respond or not. Additionally, we may provide you with an opportunity to be listed in a directory on one of our AOL- branded services -- these listings are also optional and you can make changes to or eliminate this information when you want to.

We do not use or disclose information about your individual visits to AOL Anywhere or information that you may give us, such as your name, address, email address or telephone number, to any outside companies. But as we mention above, we may share with our Web site partners aggregated statistical "ratings" information about the use of AOL Anywhere.

Special Attention to Kids
America Online, Inc. takes special care to protect the safety and privacy of young people using our services. We do not specifically collect information about children and believe that children should get their parents' consent before giving out any personal information. We encourage you to participate in your child's experience in cyberspace and to review our important safety tips before your child explores the Internet. We also encourage you and your child to visit AOL Anywhere's Kids Only Web Channel, which provides access to age-appropriate content available on the Web. AOL also recommends that parents who are AOL members use AOL's Parental Controls or, if not, other Web filtering technology to supervise their kids' access to the Web.

AOL Anywhere Privacy Policy Changes
If we decide to change our privacy policy for AOL Anywhere, we will post those changes here so that you will always know what information we gather, how we might use that information and whether we will disclose it to anyone.

America Online, Inc. is a member of the TRUSTe program. This above statement discloses the privacy practices for AOL Anywhere.

TRUSTe is an independent, non-profit initiative whose mission is to build users' trust and confidence in the Internet by promoting the principles of disclosure and informed consent. Because this site wants to demonstrate its commitment to your privacy, it has agreed to disclose its information practices and have its privacy practices reviewed and audited for compliance by TRUSTe. When you visit a Web site displaying the TRUSTe mark, you can expect to be notified of: TRUSTe: Click to Verify


  1. What information is gathered/tracked.
  2. How the information is used.
  3. Who information is shared with.
Questions regarding the above statement should be directed to America Online, Inc., or TRUSTe for clarification. To return to the Site, please use the "Back" button on your browser.


Privacy Rights Clearinghouse
1717 Kettner Ave. Suite 105
San Diego, CA 92101
Voice: (619) 298-3396
Fax: (619) 298-5681

Privacy In Cyberspace:
Rules of the Road for the Information Superhighway

If you have access to a computer and a modem, you are licensed to drive on the information superhighway. And you are one of a growing number of online participants. According to a Nielsen survey (August 1998), 70 million adults, or one-third of Americans over age 16, use the Internet. This is an increase of 18 million from the previous year.

The information superhighway can bring many benefits to our daily lives. Unfortunately, it may create many new threats to our personal privacy as well. Unless you know the privacy "rules of the road," your online activity may lead to significant privacy problems.

If you are new to online communications, turn directly to page 7 of this fact sheet for a list of online privacy terms. Otherwise, read on.

What are "online communications?"

"Online communications" are communications over telephone or cable networks using computers. Examples of online communications include connecting to the Internet through an Internet Service Provider (ISP), connecting to a commercial online service such as America Online, Compuserve, or Prodigy, or dialing into a computer bulletin board service (BBS). Increasingly, the differences between ISPs, the commercial services, and BBSs are blurring. The larger commercial services and many BBSs now provide Internet access.

The Internet raises some unique privacy concerns. Information sent over this vast network may pass through dozens of different computer systems on the way to its destination. Each of these systems may be managed by a different system operator ("sysop"), and each system may be capable of capturing and storing online communications. Furthermore, the online activities of Internet users can potentially be monitored, both by their own service provider and by the sysops of any sites on the Internet which they visit.

ISPs, commercial services, and BBSs are managed by sysops who may have different attitudes toward online privacy. Additionally, there are a tremendous variety of activities provided by all types of online services, each of which may raise specific privacy concerns.

What level of privacy can I expect in my online activity?

Often the level of privacy you can expect from an online activity will be clear from the nature of that activity. Sometimes, however, an activity that appears to be private may not be. There are virtually no online activities or services that guarantee an absolute right of privacy.

Public Activities

Many online activities are open to public inspection. Engaging in these types of activities does not normally create an expectation of privacy. In fact, according to federal law, it is not illegal for anyone to view or disclose an electronic communication if the communication is "readily accessible" to the public (Electronic Communications Privacy Act, 18 USC § 2511(2)(g)(I)).

For example, a message you post to a public newsgroup or forum is available for anyone to view, copy, and store. In addition, your name, electronic mail (e-mail) address, and information about your service provider are usually available for inspection as part of the message itself. Most public postings made on the Internet are archived in searchable databases (see "For More Information," page 8). Thus, on the Internet, your public messages can be accessed by anyone at anytime -- even years after the message was originally written.

Other public activities may allow your message to be sent to multiple recipients. Online newsletters, for example, are usually sent to a mailing list of subscribers. If you wish to privately reply to a message posted in an online newsletter, be sure you address it specifically to that person's address, not to the newsletter address. Otherwise, you might find that your message has been sent to everyone on the newsletter mailing list.

You should not expect that your service account information will be kept private. Most services provide online "member directories" which publicly list all subscribers to the service. Some of these directories may list additional personal information. Even individuals with direct Internet accounts may be identified with commands such as "finger," which let anyone with Internet access find out who else is online. Most service providers will allow users to have their information removed from these directories upon request. Be aware that some service providers may sell their membership lists to direct marketers.

"Semi-Private" Activities

Often the presence of security or access safeguards on certain forums or services can lead users to believe that communications made within these services are private. For example, some bulletin board services maintain forums that are restricted to users who have a password. While communications made in these forums may initially be read only by the members with access, there is nothing preventing those members from recording the communications and later transmitting them elsewhere.

One example of this kind of activity is the real-time "chat" conference, in which participants type live messages directly to the computer screens of other participants. Often these activities are described as private by the service provider. However, chatline users may capture, store, and transmit these communications to others outside the chat service. Additionally, these activities are subject to the same monitoring exceptions which apply to "private" e-mail (see next section).

"Private" Services

Virtually all online services offer some sort of "private" activity which allows subscribers to send personal e-mail messages to others. The federal Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) makes it unlawful for anyone to read or disclose the contents of an electronic communication (18 USC § 2511). This law applies to e-mail messages.

However, there are three important exceptions to the ECPA.

  • The online service may view private e-mail if it suspects the sender is attempting to damage the system or harm another user. However, random monitoring of e-mail is prohibited.
  • The service may legally view and disclose private e-mail if either the sender or the recipient of the message consents to the inspection or disclosure. Many commercial services require a consent agreement from new members when signing up for the service.
  • If the e-mail system is owned by an employer, the employer may inspect the contents of employee e-mail on the system. Therefore, any e-mail sent from a business location is probably not private. Several court cases have determined that employers have a right to monitor e-mail messages of their employees. (See PRC fact sheet number 7, "Employee Monitoring: Is There Privacy in the Workplace?")

Once a sysop has intercepted e-mail for any of these lawful reasons, the sysop generally may not disclose the contents to anyone other than the addressee. Certain exceptions to this disclosure prohibition exist. These exceptions include when any party to the message consents to disclosure, when disclosure is ordered by a court, or when the message appears to involve the commission of a crime (in which case disclosure is limited to the appropriate law enforcement officials).

A sysop does not violate the ECPA if the message is accidentally sent to the wrong person. (However, the sysop may be responsible for damages caused by negligence in operating the service.)

Law enforcement officials may access or disclose electronic communications only after receiving a court-ordered search warrant. Only certain officials may apply for this order, and a detailed procedure is set forth in the ECPA for granting the order (18 USC §§ 2516-2518). These provisions are relaxed for messages that have been stored in a system for over 180 days (18 USC § 2703).

Remember. Your e-mail message may be handled by several different online services during delivery. The sysop of each of these systems may view e-mail under the above exceptions to the ECPA. Additionally, the message may be intercepted if either the sender or recipient consents. So, even if you do not consent yourself, the person you sent the e-mail to may have consented to the disclosure of the message.

Can online services track and record my activity?

In a word, yes. Many types of online activities do not involve sending e-mail messages between parties. Internet users may retrieve information or documents from sites on the World Wide Web (WWW), or from "ftp" sites. Or users may simply "browse" these services without any other interaction. Many users expect that such activities are anonymous. They are not. It is possible to record many online activities, including which newsgroups or files a subscriber has accessed and which web sites a subscriber has visited. This information can be collected both by a subscriber's own service provider and by the sysops of remote sites which a subscriber visits.

When you are "surfing the web," many web sites deposit data about your visit, called "cookies," on your hard drive When you return to that site, the cookies data will reveal that you’ve been there before. The web site might offer you products or ads tailored to your interests, based on the contents of the cookies data. (See page 8 for more information about "cookies" filters.)

Records of subscriber "browsing patterns," also known as "transaction-generated information," are a potentially valuable source of revenue for online services. This information is useful to direct marketers as a basis for developing highly targeted lists of online users with similar likes and behaviors. It may also create the potential for "junk e-mail" and other marketing uses. Additionally, this information may be embarrassing for users who have accessed sensitive or controversial materials online.

The practice of collecting browsing patterns is increasing. Online users should be aware that this practice poses a significant threat to online privacy. Additionally, online users should educate themselves about what information is transmitted to remote computers by the software that they use to browse remote sites. Most World Wide Web browsers invisibly provide web site operators with information about a user's service provider, and with information about the location of other web sites a user has visited. Some web browsers are programmed to transmit a user's e-mail address to each web site a user visits. The major browsers are Netscape Navigator and Microsoft Internet Explorer.

The Federal Trade Commission is urging commercial web site operators to spell out their information collection practices in privacy policies posted on web sites. Many web sites now post information about their information-collection practices. You can look for a privacy "seal of approval," such as TRUSTe (, on the first page of the web site. TRUSTe participants agree to post their privacy policies and submit to audits of their privacy practices in order to display the logo.

Other seals of approval are offered by the Council of Better Business Bureaus (BBB),, and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, WebTrust, The BBB service has been adopted by a coalition of companies called the Online Privacy Alliance (

Users who access the Internet from work should know that employers are increasingly monitoring the Internet sites which an employee visits. Be sure to inquire about your employer's online privacy policy. If there is none, recommend that such a policy be developed.

In order for law enforcement officials to gain access to subscriber transactional records, they must obtain a court order demonstrating that the records are relevant to an ongoing criminal investigation (Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act, 18 USC § 2703(d)). This provision prevents "fishing expeditions" by government officials, hoping to find evidence of crimes by accident.

Can an online service access information stored in my computer without my knowledge?

Unfortunately, the answer to this question is yes. Many of the commercial online services will automatically download graphics and program upgrades to the user's home computer. News reports have documented the fact that certain online services have admitted to both accidental and intentional "prying" into the memory of home computers signing on to the service. In some cases, personal files have been copied and collected by the online services.

It is difficult to detect these types of intrusions. The online user should be aware of this potential privacy abuse, and investigate new services thoroughly before signing on. Always ask for the privacy policy of any online service you intend to use.

What can I do to protect my privacy in cyberspace?*

When you are sitting alone at your computer, "surfing the Net", sending electronic mail messages and participating in online forums, it's easy to be lulled into thinking that your activities are private. Be aware that at any step along the way, your online messages could be intercepted, and your activities monitored, in the vast untamed world of cyberspace.

1. Your account is only as secure as its password. Create passwords with nonsensical combinations of upper and lower case letters, numbers and symbols, for example tY8%uX. Change your password frequently. Never write it down or give it to someone else. Don't let others watch you log in. Never leave your computer logged in unattended. Another way to create a password is to use the first or last letters in a favorite line of poetry. Intermingle these letters with numbers and punctuation mark. "Mary had a little lamb" becomes m*ha2ll or y!dae9b.

2. Contact the sysop of any online service you intend to use and ask for its privacy policy. Most of the commercial services have written privacy policies which are provided to new subscribers. Also, carefully read all messages which appear on initial login. Many sysops notify online users in login messages that e-mail is subject to inspection. Many services require new subscribers to allow e-mail to be monitored as part of the sign-up process. All sysops should have a well-defined, written policy concerning privacy. Those that do not should be avoided. Likewise, when you are "surfing the web," look for the privacy policies posted on the web sites you visit. If you are not satisfied with the policy, or if there is no policy posted, do not spend time on that site.

3. Shop around. Investigate new services before using them. Post a question about a new service in a dependable forum or newsgroup. Bad reputations get around quickly in cyberspace, so if others have had negative experiences with a service, you should get the message.

4. Assume that your online communications are NOT private unless you use powerful encryption. Do not send sensitive personal information (phone number, password, address, credit card number, vacation dates) by chat lines, forum postings, e-mail or in your online biography.

5. Be cautious of "start-up" software that makes an initial connection to the service for you. Often these programs require you to provide credit card numbers, checking account numbers, Social Security numbers, or other personal information, and then upload this information automatically to the service. Also, these programs may be able to access records in your computer without your knowledge. Contact the service for alternative subscription methods.

6. Note that public postings made on the Internet are often archived and saved for posterity. For example, it is possible to search and discover the postings an individual has made to Usenet newsgroups. (See information about the search tools DejaNews, Excite and Alta Vista on page 8.) This information can be used to create profiles of individuals for a variety of purposes, such as employment background checks and direct marketing.

7. Be aware that online activities leave electronic footprints for others to see, both at your own service provider and at any remote sites you visit. Your own service provider can determine what commands you have executed and track which sites you visit. Web site operators can often track the activities you engage in on their site, particularly at sites which ask you to "register" or otherwise provide personal information. Some web browsing software transmits less information to remote sites than other software. You can avoid leaving tracks when you send e-mail messages by using anonymous remailers. (See pages 7 and 8 for information about remailers.)

8. If your online service allows you to compile a list of favorite newsgroups, or lets you arrange newsgroups by priority, be aware that your sysop can monitor that list. Do not place controversial or sensitive newsgroups in this list if you want to avoid being connected to particular issues.

9. The "delete" command does not make your messages disappear. They can still be retrieved from back-up systems.

10. Be aware that others' online identities are not always what they seem. Many network users adopt one or more online disguises.

11. Your online biography, if you create one, may be searched system-wide or remotely "fingered" by anyone. If for any reason you need to safeguard your identity, don't create an online "bio." Ask the system operator of your service to remove you from its online directory.

12. If you publish information on a personal web page, note that direct marketers and others may collect your address, phone number, e-mail address and other information that you provide.

13. Be aware of the possible social dangers of being online: harassment, stalking, being "flamed" (emotional verbal attacks), or "spamming" (being sent frequent unsolicited messages). Women can be particularly vulnerable if their e-mail addresses are recognizable as women's names. Consider using gender-neutral online IDs.

14. If your children are online users, teach them about appropriate online privacy behavior. Caution them against revealing information about themselves or your family. (See page 8.)

15. Take advantage of privacy protection tools. There are several technologies which help online users protect their privacy. Discussed here are encryption, anonymous remailers and memory protection software.

Encryption is a method of scrambling an e-mail message or file so that it is gibberish to anyone who does not know how to unscramble it. The privacy advantage of encryption is that anything encrypted is virtually inaccessible to anyone other than the designated recipient. Thus, private information may be encrypted, and then transmitted, stored or distributed without fear that it will be scrutinized by outsiders.

An encrypted e-mail message cannot be read by the online service sysop, or anyone else who has obtained the message legally or illegally. Therefore, any message containing private or sensitive information should be encrypted prior to communicating it online. Various strong encryption programs, such as PGP (Pretty Good Privacy) are available online. (See page 8 for details.)

Because encryption prevents unauthorized access, law enforcement agencies have expressed concerns over the use of this technology, and Congress has considered legislation to create a "back door" to allow law enforcement officials to decipher encrypted messages. Users should be aware that the legal status of this technology is still unsettled. Moreover, exporting certain types of encryption code or descriptive information to other countries is limited by federal law. (International Traffic in Arms Regulations, 22 CFR § 121.1 et seq.). However, its use within the United States is not currently restricted.

Anonymous remailers. Because it is relatively easy to determine the name and e-mail address of anyone who posts messages or sends e-mail, the practice of using anonymous remailing programs has become more common. These programs receive e-mail, strip off all identifying information, then forward the mail to the appropriate address. There are several anonymous servers available on the Internet. (See page 8 for more information.)

Memory protection software. Software security programs are now available which help prevent unauthorized access to files on the home computer. For example, one program encrypts every directory with a different password so that to access any directory you must log in first. Then, if an online service provider tries to read any private files, it would be denied access. These programs may include an "audit trail" that records all activity on the computer's drives.

Glossary of Online Terms

BBS - Stands for Bulletin Board System. A local computer that can be called directly with a modem. Usually they are privately operated, and offer various services depending on the owner and the users. Often a BBS is not connected to a network of other computers, but increasingly BBSs are offering Internet access.

Browser - Software that enables you to navigate the Internet and visit web sites. The major browsers are Netscape Navigator and Microsoft Internet Explorer.

Commercial Online Service - A service in which users pay a certain fee to dial into what is essentially a very large BBS. These services provide a wide range of conferences, forums, software files, news and information, as well as e-mail service. Examples include Prodigy, Compuserve, America Online, the Microsoft Network, and others. Many of these services offer access to the Internet.

Cookies - A feature of many web browsers defined as client-side persistent information. Cookies allow web sites to store information about your visit to that site on your hard drive. Then when you return, cookies will read your hard drive to find out if you have been there before. The web site might offer you products or ads tailored to your interests, based on the contents of the cookies data.

Cyberspace - The "place" where online activities occur. Commentators have noted that many of the activities that take place online are analogous to activities that occur in physical space. These online activities are said to take place in cyberspace.

FTP - Stands for File Transfer Protocol. A system of file storage on the Internet that allows users to upload or download entire files.

Internet - An immense global network of computers. The Internet is not owned by any one entity, but rather owners of individual computer systems agree to participate in it. Users with an account with one of these computers generally may connect with any other computer on the network.

ISP - Stands for Internet Service Provider. A service that provides subscribers with direct access to the Internet. Some of the larger ISPs include Netcom, Pipeline, and Earthlink. Many small, local ISPs exist.

Junk e-mail - Unsolicited commercial electronic mail, also know as "spam."

Modem - Acronym for modulator/demodulator. Equipment which converts the digital signals of your computer (the 1s and 0s) into analog signals which can be transmitted over the telephone network, and vice-versa.

Newsgroups - Newsgroups are lists of messages from users grouped by specific topics. Usenet is a network of thousands of these electronic conferences which may be accessed on the Internet. Most commercial services and BBSs have similar public forums.

Online - Connected to a computer network.

Search engine - A function that enables you to search for information and web sites, often using keywords.

URL - Stands for Uniform Resource Locator. URLs are unique addresses assigned to every location on the Internet. URLs for web pages begin with the letters "http://" usually followed by "www" and the remainder of the address. The URL of the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse is It is becoming more common to omit the "http://."

Web site - A location on the World Wide Web which can be visited by Internet users employing software called a browser. Every web page is identified by a unique address, called a URL.

WWW - Stands for World Wide Web. This powerful tool for accessing the Internet combines graphics, "point and click" navigation commands, and a method of linking many different sites to allow users to quickly and easily search for information on the Internet.

For More Information

Several public interest groups advocate on behalf of online users. They also have extensive information about privacy issues available via their online archives.

  • Center for Democracy and Technology
    1634 I St. N.W. #1100, Washington, DC 20006.
    Voice: 202-637-9800.
    Fax: 202-637-0968.


  • Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility
    P.O Box 717, Palo Alto, CA 94302
    Voice: 415-322-3778
    Fax: 415-322-4748


  • Electronic Frontier Foundation
    1550 Bryant Street #725, San Francisco, CA 94103
    Voice: 415-436-9333
    Fax: 415-436-9993


  • Electronic Privacy Information Center
    666 Pennsylvania Ave. SE #301, Washington, DC 20003
    Voice: 202-544-9240



Several online newsletters discuss cyberspace privacy issues:

  • Computer Privacy Digest: CPD can be read as a Usenet newsgroup, comp.society.privacy. Alternatively, to receive CPD via e-mail, send a request to the newsletter's moderator at:
  • Privacy Forum: For subscription information, send an e-mail message consisting of the word "help" (without quotes) in the body of the message to:


To see a demonstration of the kind of information that can be compiled about you when you surf the web, visit the site of the Center for Democracy and Technology, It also lists the privacy policies of the major online service providers: AOL, Compuserve, Msnet and Prodigy.
For another demonstration of the traces you leave behind when you surf the web, visit the web site of the French Commission Nationale de L'Informatique et des Libertes:
To learn more about cookies blockers and other types of online filters, visit the Junkbusters web site,

To learn more about anonymous Web browsing, visit the Web site

For information about anonymous remailers, the following online resource is helpful: "Anonymous Remailers FAQ," compiled by Andre Bacard,

To see examples of powerful search engines available to find public postings made on the Internet, visit these Web sites: Alta Vista at, DejaNews at, and Excite at

To learn more about the encryption program PGP, contact these online sources: "The Official PGP FAQ,"
MIT distribution site for PGP,

If your children are online users, request the free brochure, "Child Safety on the Information Highway," from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Voice: 800-843-5678. Web: Learn more about "parental control" software by visiting the web site "Resources for Internet Parents," See also PRC Fact Sheet no. 21, "Children in Cyberspace: A Privacy Resource Guide."

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Utility Consumers' Action Network.
June 1995 /  Revised  Revised August, 2000
This copyrighted document may be copied and distributed for nonprofit, educational purposes only. The text of this document may not be altered without express authorization of the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse. This fact sheet should be used as an information source and not as legal advice. PRC fact sheets contain information about federal laws as well as some California-specific information. Laws in other states may vary. But in general, our fact sheets are applicable to consumers nationwide. This publication was originally developed under the auspices of the University of San Diego.


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