What a day for Internet Law! Based on this EU court ruling, we now have a precedent…

By | November 24, 2011
What a day for Internet Law! Based on this EU court ruling, we now have a precedent with two important components:

1) ISP's aren't allowed to censor the internet. Internet provider cannot roll out a preventative filter system that would broadly be applied to all customers in place – at least, not in the case of censoring peer-to-peer file sharing systems that could be used to share music. But the same arguments used in this P2P file-sharing decision would easily also apply to other forms of user-created content sharing systems (e.g. social networks) as well.

2) IP addresses are considered person-identifying information. I guess that means anonymizing server logs is back in fashion now, and server operators may need to re-assess their current logging practices!

Details:
http://curia.europa.eu/jurisp/cgi-bin/form.pl?lang=EN&Submit=rechercher&numaff=C-70/10

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