I was thinking about making this as a side project to generate traffic on my Canadian website...

Let's say I create a service similar to yopmail.com whereas I allow users to generate email addresses on-demand. This service would allow you to send and receive emails with no sign-up required (for let's say, throwaway emails for account creation). Let's say that, hypothetically, an user of the site sends threats to somebody or that other types of illegal content is being sent trough the system. Assuming that the website hosting all of it has a no-logging policy, what is the worst that can happen?

If, on the other hand, access-logging is required by law, how can it protect me? I have an history of having legal problems with a similar idea of mine and I would like to understand what is my wrongdoing.

Many thanks to anyone reading!

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    If you're encountering actual legal problems, you need an actual lawyer, not a bunch of random weirdos on the Internet.
    – bdb484
    Apr 21, 2022 at 16:55
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    ^especially so if you've had "an history of having legal problems with a similar idea"
    – user35069
    Apr 21, 2022 at 17:16
  • i wasnt thinking about putting any of that stuff online, real question was kind of a question about how logging can really help me, this scenario applies to alot of services online
    – lolc
    Apr 22, 2022 at 2:14
  • The short answer is that if you have some obligation to store logs, you would be able to fulfill that obligation. Generally, some kind of immunity is provided to service providers to shield them from the actions of their users/customers, but if the service providers are negligent, they can face liability. As others said, you'll probably need an actual lawyer to help you understand your situation.
    – Victor
    Jun 7, 2022 at 16:57

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It would only seem the intent of falsely generating traffic to your website is to sell a false representation of your websites popularity. Therefore defrauding your client. Not a sensible thing to do.

If you want to gain traffic to your site I recommend Google mastering which will index your website for free and properly. It's a simple step by step process and it isn't breaking the law.

If your website doesn't work for 'whatever' reason it may be better focusing your efforts on a good business model as opposed to lying about your ratings.

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  • Sorry Law.SE bot, but I'm trying to prevent a crime and to be honest I'm confident your site policy is supposed to prevent this content being displayed at all as its clearly seeking advice to commit a crime
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    Apr 22, 2022 at 20:23
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  • Sorry, are you posting me a link, as a moderator to this site, to take this problem elsewhere? Is this a joke. The OP is asking advice on how to commit fraud. By leaving it up you are propagating it
    – Barb
    Apr 22, 2022 at 20:30

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