Notion of Anonymity

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Cybersecurity book series (BRIEFSCYBER)


Stemming from the Greek word “anonymia”, the term anonymity/anonymous stands for “namelessness”, “not identified” or “of unknown name” (Oxford Dictionaries) and usually bears on a person’s appearance in public. Consequently, anonymity occurs if a person’s identity being involved in a not-transparent/not disclosed process is non-determinable since the acting person remains unknown to the other acting entities or makes no appearance towards the other participants or acts within the anonymous process without recognizable name (Bundesamt für Sicherheit in der Informationstechnik, 2001,;jsessionid=97B15124E289CE809BB8CA90471E5F9A.2_cid241).


Internet User Internet Service Provider Domain Name System Internet Protocol Address Online World 
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  1. 1.Law DepartmentUniversity of ZurichZurichSwitzerland

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