Policy on Anonymity in Photographs and Descriptions

The IHTFP Hack Gallery acknowledges that some hacks require the presence of hackers in places that are off limits, which may involve violations of MIT rules or state or local laws. The IHTFP Hack Gallery neither condones nor condemns such behavior, but will not place itself in a position where photographs or other information in the IHTFP Hack Gallery could be used as legal evidence against someone. Therefore, the IHTFP Hack Gallery will not publish, archive, nor store anywhere within its database photographs or information that portray any individual committing an act which is illegal or against MIT rules. If anyone submits any such information to the IHTFP Hack Gallery, it will be deleted.

Photographs depicting individuals committing acts which are both legal and permitted by MIT rules, such as performance hacks, may be published and included at the discretion of the IHTFP Hack Gallery staff. Indeed, the nature of most performance hacks precludes anonymity. The IHTFP Hack Gallery's policy for publication of these photographs is the same as that employed by the Boston Globe and the Boston Herald--as long as the photograph or information depicts people engaging in legal activities in a public place, no permission is necessary. We will, however, make a reasonable attempt to contact the individuals involved. At any time, if someone objects to our use of a particular photograph of him/herself in the IHTFP Hack Gallery, the IHTFP Hack Gallery staff will work with that person to find an acceptable compromise, such as retouching or cropping the photo to mask the individual's identity or perhaps removing it from the IHTFP Hack Gallery altogether.

Except when it is necessary for context, the IHTFP Hack Gallery will not include individual names of the perpetrators in photograph captions or descriptions of hacks. The IHTFP Hack Gallery will include the names of such individuals only after obtaining their expressed consent.