(Mis)Uses of Technology

by Mike Masnick

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ipred, log files, sweden


Swedish ISP Starts Deleting Log Files To Protect Users From IPRED Law

from the and-so-it-goes dept

There's been plenty of attention paid to Sweden's new IPRED law, which requires ISPs to hand over identifying information on those accused of file sharing -- but we've already noted that all the law is really doing is driving people to alternatives, such as encryption. And, now, it appears that even ISPs are recognizing that it just makes good business sense to better protect their users. Broadband Reports points out that a Swedish ISP, Bahnhof, has started destroying its own log files, rather than hand them over to authorities. The company's CEO notes that nothing in the law requires ISPs to keep log files -- but only to turn over what info has been retained. It seems likely that Bahnhof may have just convinced a bunch of folks to see if they can sign up for new broadband from the company. Any bets on how long it takes Sweden to pass a new law requiring ISPs to retain data for a certain period of time? Even the CEO admits that's likely -- but notes that it will show this is nothing more than a witch hunt by the entertainment industry:
"And then the legislators will have to step up and say they want to have data storage, not to catch terrorists but to help record companies and the movie industry in the hunt for file sharers."

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    Tor, 19 Apr 2009 @ 11:11am

    @Anonymous Coward 1:
    If Weird Harold said that then he's wrong. The EU directive will eventually force logs, but it has not yet been implemented into Swedish law. If IP-adress logs count as "traffic data" (I and would suppose they do) the ISPs may not store such data any longer than necessary to fulfil their service or bill the users. For IP-adress logs I would suppose it means that they may not be stored at all.

    @Anonymous Coward 2:
    I don't think one can compare Sweden to America in that regard since we have publicly funded elections, so we have almost none of the kind of corruption that people like Lawrence Lessig writes about. I would absolutely not call our politicians corrupt, but I do think they are out of touch and listen too much to the content industries and often have bad advisors which are too close to the industry. During the police investigation of The Pirate Bay there was a very disturbing thing though - the police responsible for the investigation (and who probably knew lots of info about TPB that he wasn't allowed to reveal) was hired by Warner Brothers just after the investigation had ended.

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