n.The right and ability to associate, receive information, and communicate without having to reveal one's identity.A lack of distinctiveness.


McIntyre v. Ohio Elections Commission 1994 The decision in favor of anonymity1 may be motivated by fear of economic or official retaliation, by concern about social ostracism, or merely by a desire to preserve as much of one's privacy as possible. . . . ¶ Anonymity is a shield from the tyranny of the majority. It thus exemplifies the purpose behind the Bill of Rights, and of the First Amendment in particular: to protect unpopular individuals from retaliation – and their ideas from suppression – at the hand of an intolerant society.