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Submitted by wjousts
wjousts (1529427) writes "Who actually owns your username on a website? What rights do you have to use it? What happens if they decide to take it away? IEEE Spectrum reports:

What happens if Facebook or Twitter or, say, your blog hosting service, makes you take a different user name? Sound impossible? It’s happened. Last week, a software researcher named Danah Boyd woke up to find her entire blog had disappeared, and in fact, had been renamed, because her hosting service had given her blog’s name to someone else.

And as important as they are, what protects our accounts are the terms of service agreements. If you read them—and who does?—you’d learn, probably to no surprise, that they protect the provider a lot more then they protect you.

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  • Interestingly, at least to me, is that this is not the first time Danah Boyd has experienced this. The blog post [zephoria.org] where she details the event also says she hosts her own blog and email service ever since Yahoo! mistook her for a terrorist in 2001.

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