So I was browsing the web and some how ended up at PA(PopularAsians). I was reading through the forum and I noticed the big red title “Learn How To Download Here” on their forum index. Clicking on it transfer me to a post which has a link to take me to another post. In this post, it states that all new members who want to access to their “download section” have to provide the following information because of some new law in Hong Kong. The informations required are: Name, Age, Gender, Location, Proof of Identify (myspace, facebook, etc..)
Although the informations are quite personal though they can’t really do anything with it really, but it is still kinda fishy. I don’t know about you but if I have an account there I would delete it immediately if there is an option to do so. The whole point of the internet is for us to be anonymous especially when it comes to websites that allows their members to share infringement contents.
So for “b-lee” to request these informations (listed above) is just too wrong. If you do not know, when you register to become a member of PA, you are already given away two things, your email and ip address. Add that the informations you have to provide to be able to access their download section is dangerous.
Here’s why I think it’s dangerous. If there site is ever under investigation by whomever, they could request court order which demand the site maintainer to give out all its users (you) infos collected. Once the site goes down, so will the many users who are stupid enough to give out these informations. Don’t think that you are any safer just because you’re from another country, you’re not!! So be alert and stay away from PA if you want to download stuff. My guess is that the site maintainer isn’t willing to risk receiving time himself so someone is going to go down with him if the time comes.