More Swedish ISPs Decide To Keep No Logs To Protect Users

from the consumer-demand... dept

We recently noted that a Swedish ISP was advertising the fact that it doesn't keep log files of its users, following the newly implemented Swedish law, IPRED, that requires ISPs to hand over log files if users are accused of copyright infringement online. It appears that the attention generated by that one ISP has now lead multiple Swedish ISPs to also promise to delete all user data, so that there would be nothing to turn over. As a representative from Tele2 noted: "It's a strong wish from our customers, so we decided not to store information on customers' IP numbers anymore." Between this and the new interest in encryption and VPN software in Sweden, you have to wonder why the entertainment industry was so excited about the IPRED law passing in the first place.
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Filed Under: isps, log files, privacy, sweden
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  1. identicon
    Tor, 30 Apr 2009 @ 12:52am

    Maybe not true

    Tele2 later said in another interview that in fact they do save IP address logs for two weeks in order to be able to, as they say, counter things like viruses spam. In that interview they claimed that this is what they have been saying from the beginning.

    Personally I would trust Bahnhof much more than Tele2 for these reasons:
    1) The CEO of Bahnhof is a friend to Oscar Swartz who started the business, and Swartz is now one of the leading bloggers who defend privacy and fight for copyright reform.
    2) Bahnhof was in 2005 subjected to some seemingly unlawful and very unorthodox actions where it seems the Police has been manipulated by the content industry. For example there are indications that the content industry paid infiltrators considerable sums of money to insert illegal material into Bahnhof servers prior to a raid (the raid was approved by Tomas Norström who was also the judge in the Pirate Bay trial). Having had first hand experience of violations like this probably make Bahnhof take greater care to protect their customers.

    Of course both ISPs are motivated by economic aspects - giving the customers the privacy they want - but at least one of them have a good understanding of what the content industries represent.

    The CEO of Bahnhof recently wrote the following in a comment on Oscar Swartz's blog:

    Yes, I think it was 2001 or possibly 2002 (don't remember exactly) but actually I've been in contact with Antipiratbyrån [the Swedish anti-piracy agency] before!

    They asked us if we could help them spread and plant trojans on our customers' computers (even externally). It were supposed to be some form of "measurement" that they wanted to make... Everything was said to be "top secret". Of course we declined and I don't know what other ISP approved to that thing.

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