Originally Posted by BCMjUnKiE
Is it legal to put a person's name and username to different forums on the site of a forum for all to see? Just to ruin the person for no reason. I'm no lawyer but sure sounds like that it's crossing the line and could indeed be illegal.
If he got the username/password by legal means, then the answer is probably "no." For example, if someone uses a username, publishes that information somewhere online, and it later shows up on a google search result, well, nothing that can be done.
Now, if the person illegally obtained the information (hacked into a computer database and stole information), then they would be in trouble for obtaining the information illegally. But I doubt that you could actually get them for anything.
A while back there was a guy who made a serious mistake working public relations for a company, and a news blog did an investigation. Looking up his public email and doing a search for it, they found out that the same email address was used as a username on a Steroid-user's forum. They reported it ("Hey, this email is the same email being used for this Steroid user... coincidence?")
There is no law saying that you can't reveal the name of any particular username for any particular forum; unless the EULA of the forum says that by using the forum, you agree not to. But that would be on iffy grounds for people who don't even USE the forum, and aren't subject to that EULA (say that my brother, who knows my username is, decided to post it on a forum... he can't be beholden to Firearmstalk EULA if he never visited the site).