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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  1. identicon
    Tor, 17 Apr 2009 @ 11:23pm

    @Cynical
    yes, I think it's the same in Germany. However, there's nothing in the EU directive that forces nations to disclose the information it forces them to store. In fact the directive was accused of being passed on the wrong grounds, but the european court of justice didn't agree and found the data retention was not related to police cooperation but rather establishing an even ground between ISP competitors in different EU member countries.

    So in theory if the ISPs encrypted the data that they are obliged to keep, and then threw away the encryption key they would still live up to the spirit (although maybe not letter) of the directive since it is (officially at least) just meant to put an equal burdon on ISPs in all countries. In practice it would probably not be possible though, but I'd love to see some country try it. However, it's still up to the individual countries to regulate under what circumstances the data may be accessed and they are free to not release it under any circumstances if they want.

    I really wonder what's next. France introduces HADOPI which limits people's right to internet access without preceeding court trial and then claim that this puts an extra burdon on french ISPs and therefore ISPs in all member countries should be obliged to do the same?

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