Swiss court rules IP address-tracing software breached data protection law

The Swiss Federal Court has ruled that software which identified the internet protocol (IP) address of unauthorised music uploaders broke data protection law.The court backed that country’s data protection commissioner, who said that Logistep violated Switzerland’s Data Protection Act when it used the software. The IP addresses were personal data, the Court said, and processing that data without the knowledge or permission of the person concerned was a breach of the law, it said.
http://out-law.com/page-11364Also see:Privacy triumphs in internet piracy test case
Switzerland’s highest court has ruled in favour of people’s privacy in a case where a firm was sharing computer IP addresses to combat internet piracy.
http://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/swiss_news/Privacy_triumphs_in_internet_piracy_test_case.html?cid=28307028P2P investigations now illegal in Switzerland
Switzerland, a longtime haven for all kinds of financial shenanigans, has just expanded its reputation for “discretion” to cover file-sharing as well. That’s the conclusion of Logistep AG, anyway, as a Swiss court has just gutted its P2P surveillance business with a ruling that says gathering even publicly available information is illegal.
http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2010/09/switzerland-gathering-ip-addresses-from-bittorrent-sites-illegal.ars

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