Swiss Supreme Court Says Tracking Online File Sharers Violates Privacy Laws
from the the-industry-isn't-going-to-like-that dept
A couple years ago, we wrote about how Swiss officials had told Logistep to stop snooping on suspected file sharers as it violated their privacy. However, a year later, a court ruled otherwise. However, things have changed once again, as Michael Geist points us to the news that the Swiss Supreme Court has said that Logistep’s snooping violates privacy rules. Apparently, Switzerland has strict digital privacy laws, which counts IP addresses as private information. I’m not sure if I agree with that idea (IP addresses are, somewhat by definition, public info — though I could see how connecting that info to users is a privacy violation). However, it’s certainly going to make tracking file sharers (or, hell, anyone online) a lot trickier.