by Mike Masnick
Wed, Jun 24th 2009 6:56pm
It appears that Norway has decided that it's sick of passing laws designed to prop up obsolete industry business models at the expense of individual privacy. First, the country started telling ISPs to delete log files after just three weeks (making it pretty hard to identify individual filesharers), and now it's refused to renew the license given to the one law firm allowed to sniff IP addresses in trying to seek out unauthorized file sharing. Apparently there's been a bit of a debate about the license, with concerns about potential privacy violations. I have to admit that I'm not sure this makes much sense to me. I still have trouble understanding the European point of view that an IP address -- which your computer more or less needs to share publicly with other computers is somehow "private information." However, that's the way many European countries view it, and so such snooping is a potential privacy violation. Effectively, the country has decided that privacy rights are more important than the entertainment industry's old business model.
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