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Hi Dr. Nuccitelli,

Previously someone asked if it was legal for a person's name to be posted on an adult site without the person's permission. You said it was not illegal. Does this also apply to someone's email address posted online without the person's permission? Are there any laws that protect people from this kind of stuff? Or are there any laws being proposed? It seems that in situations like these companies have all the power while ordinary people are at their mercy. Totally unfair. Thank you for helping.

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Dear TJ,

Thank you for writing and, unfortunately, the answer still remains "not illegal". Although I do not know every state's legal statutes, everything I've studied and read to date suggests there are no known laws regarding posting people's contact information without their permission.

For example, an online user's name, employer, email address, home and work address, social media profile username and various other forms of contact and identity information are still considered public domain. I do not know of any laws being proposed at present. I hope I'm wrong, as I would be the 1st to stand up and vote "yes" for a law preventing someone from disseminating my personal information online without my consent.

In fact, adversarial ex-intimate partners, cyberstalkers, cyber harassers, internet trolls, sextortionists and other online users, engaged in malevolent online activities, will use the threat of disseminating a victim's personal information.    

Please note that as of 2014, America and most of the world, have yet to set standards, guidelines or laws on what is considered "public" information and what is considered "private" information. I do know that posting a child's contact information is far more serious and handled differently by authorities.

It is totally unfair and needs to be changed holding those who do that accountable. Good luck

Respectfully,
Dr. Nuccitelli
NYS Licensed Psychologist
CEO, iPredator Inc.
Website: www.iPredator.co  

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cyber bullying, cyber stalking, cybercrime, cyber terrorism, online sexual predators, child predators, Internet safety, psychopathology, criminal psychology, forensic psychology and cyber psychology.

Experience

Dr. Michael Nuccitelli is a New York State licensed psychologist and certified forensic consultant. He completed his doctoral degree in clinical psychology in 1994 from the Adler School of Professional Psychology in Chicago, Illinois. In 1997, Dr. Nuccitelli became a licensed psychologist in New York State (License # 013009.) In 2006, he received the Certified Forensic Consultant designation from the American College of Forensic Examiners (Identification # 103110.) In September 2011, Dr. Nuccitelli established iPredator Inc. offering the private & public sectors educational and advisory services regarding cyber bullying, cyber stalking, cybercrime, cyber terrorism and Internet predators. In June 2012, Dr. Nuccitelli and iPredator Inc. launched their long anticipated website, www.iPredator.co, offering site visitors an incredible amount of information, education and advisory services. Over the last 25 years, Dr. Nuccitelli has worked in the mental health field in a variety of capacities with various clinical populations. Concurrent with his employment in mental health, Dr. Nuccitelli was a practicing psychologist for 10 years and worked in the field of forensic psychology conducting evaluations and consultation for attorneys and court systems. Dr. Nuccitelli has extensive career and academic experiences. His areas of expertise includes forensic & criminal psychology, digital forensic psychology, psychiatric & psychological disorders and developmental psychology. He is an avid follower of national & criminal news and enjoys educating the public by interacting with the media. Dr. Nuccitelli continues to investigate and expand his construct he has constructed, called iPredator. He presently consults with the American College of Forensic Examiners to become the resource and hub for Americans seeking information on iPredators, digital/computer forensics, cyber security and training programs for the professional sector and law enforcement.

Organizations
American College of Forensic Examiners International

Publications
Dr. Nuccitelli's theoretical construct, iPredator, was the feature article in the 2011 Winter issue of the Forensic Examiner published by the American College of Forensic Examiners International. His recent article "2012 Cyber Bullying Tactics," will be split and published in the Summer and Fall issues of their magazine.

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Dr. Nuccitelli is a New York State Licensed Psychologist and certified forensic consultant.

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