German Supreme Court Says ISPs Should Delete Logs When Asked
from the the-struggle-continues dept
As the ongoing battle continues between those fighting for better privacy protection from ISPs against those who want more data retention, it looks like the German Supreme Court has sided with the privacy side. The debate is one that's gone on for a few years (more in Europe than in the US, though we've been trying to catch up lately). Certain government officials want ISPs to store log file data for a very long period of time -- much longer than is needed for any business purpose. The idea is so that the government can request that data for investigations. However, there are tremendous costs involved in keeping and mining all that data -- and, one of the side effects is that it's much easier for what should be private information to get into the hands of others, even without a subpoena. That's exactly what someone in Germany claimed when his IP info was turned over to the police. He noted that there was no business reason the ISP should have kept the info, and for the sake of his privacy it should be deleted. The German Supreme Court has agreed, saying that, if someone asks, ISPs should be obligated to destroy log info. However, as the article notes, with data retention laws getting stronger every day, this privacy exemption will likely be removed soon enough anyway.