Swedish ISP Will Automatically Encrypt All Traffic To Protect Privacy Under New Data Retention Laws
from the how-it-all-works dept
When Sweden first put in place its IPRED law, which required ISPs to hand over identifying info on people accused of file sharing, one of the first ISPs to respond was Banhof, who immediately put in place a new policy to delete all log files. Now that Sweden is pushing forward with a data retention law that would require ISPs to keep log files, Banhof has taken things up a notch by encrypting all traffic on their network via a VPN. That means that even if it keeps logfiles, the information will be effectively useless. Honestly, I’m surprised that more ISPs haven’t done something similar and pitched themselves as focused on protecting privacy. It’s difficult to see how Swedish politicians can really respond to this. They can’t exactly order ISPs not to encrypt traffic. Just think of the mess that would cause. So, as the US starts looking (again) at data retention laws, they might want to consider what’s happening in Sweden.