Re: Unauthorized Publication of Information on Internet
The undersigned and this office have been retained by ______ Pool, Inc., relative to your apparent posting of Internet transmissions with information as to participants in and activities with the _____ Swim Team. Specifically, we have been provided with copies of your e-mails posted on July 17, 2002, July 20, 2002, and most recently, an e-mail posted on January 17, 2003. These e-mails identify various activities undertaken by children, oftentimes eight years old and younger, describing not only the swimmers' names but also their attire.
The disclosure of private facts concerning the children at _____ Pool into a medium which can be viewed by literally millions of individuals with no legitimate contact with _______ Pool is at best ill-considered. We can conceive of no legitimate purpose for the posting of information concerning a six year old boy "clad in a small blue Speedo" or a six year old girl "clad in a wet suit" At best, your choosing to disclose this information shows incredibly bad judgment on your part.
We have made various recommendations to the _______ Pool Board concerning what further action should be taken by this entity relative to your e-mails. By this letter, this office as the authorized representative of ______ Pool makes a formal demand that you cease and desist any further disclosure of the individuals or activities undertaken at _______ Pool, a private club where you are admitted only as an employee. We make the further demand that to the extent possible that any e-mails relating to any _______ swimmer or activity be removed and/or deleted from any web page or posting.
This letter does not serve to foreclose any action by the individuals or their parents relative to the information contained within the e-mails generated by you. Certainly any further e-mails which reference _______ Pool, members of the ________ Swim Team, or which provide for the continued disclosure of private facts related to swimmers at _________ will be viewed as an intentional act on your part.
If you have any questions concerning any of the above, or wish to discuss this matter further, please do not hesitate to contact the undersigned.
Very truly yours,
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I think I'm certainly within legal rights here, since there's nothing libelous, or defamatory, or untrue. I didn't violate my employment contract. Still, if anyone has any objections to their kids', or their own names being used, I don't have a problem with removing them. So I deleted or altered any names in those three entries, including those referencing the pool club itself.
Still, threatening letters are disturbing, especially ones that allege that there was something salacious in my descriptions of the swimmers. For the record, I had a very positive experience working for this team. It's unfortunate that they have chosen to communicate through cease-and-desist letters sent through certified mail, but I wish Mr. Chritton and the rest of the club nothing but the best.