Neil Jones, on Oct 24 2005, 04:50 PM, said:
Not without a court order at least, and even then they probably wouldn't let you get it anyway.
Plus if its a free email provider such as Hotmail, you've got no chance anyway as they don't ask for address details.
Put it down to experience and tell your son ignore the other kid and block him.
With a court order in hand, the ISP or the email provider will have to hand over the information that the order requires...after the motion to quash has been denied of course.
By all means, tell you kid to ignore him, but do not block the email address. If you get more, tell the kid to stop emailing you. If he keeps sending threatening emails, say, more than 10 in a 30 day period, go to the local authorities and file a complaint. Most likley you kid has an idea of who did it, even if it doesn't say it in the email. The police will have ways to trace the IP, and they can always try to get a court order once they know who the ISP/email provider is.
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