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7. Multi-Party Interactions > Privacy, Security, and All That Jazz

Privacy, Security, and All That Jazz

Groupchat rooms are somewhat public spaces. When people join such rooms, they might think that they are completely anonymous and can say anything they please (perhaps this is why chat rooms have such a bad reputation). However, XMPP groupchat has built-in support for features that can make rooms less than completely anonymous, including:

  • The room administrators can always see the real JabberIDs of users in the room; this enables them to deploy appropriate “crowd control” measures, as described earlier in this chapter. However, the room can also be configured so that all participants can view real JIDs by setting the whois configuration option to a value of “anyone” (this kind of transparency is important in certain deployment scenarios).


  

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