EU aims to clarify legal status of IP addresses

[IDG] During discussions this week regarding Google’s plan to buy DoubleClick, a European Parliament committee considered whether an IP address is legally private.Europe’s top data protection officials are working to clarify a grey area of Internet law: the legal status of an IP (Internet Protocol) address.The question of whether an IP address should be considered private data occupied much time at a hearing earlier this week at the European Parliament regarding Google’s planned acquisition of DoubleClick. If a person can be identified by an IP address, then the address is private, said Peter Schaar, the German data protection commissioner and chairman of the Europe-wide privacy group, the Article 29 Committee.
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