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Second Swedish ISP decides to nuke IP address logs
« on: August 06, 2009, 11:12:44 AM »
Another Swedish ISP has decided not to retain customer IP records in an attempt to protect user anonymity. Tele2 announced this week that it plans to start deleting all IP records after they had been used internally—a move that is still legal under Swedish law, but is beginning to irk law enforcement.

Tele2 is the second major ISP to announce such a plan this month. The first was Bahnhof, which said earlier this month that it refused to keep any log files to hand over to authorities. Both ISPs are reacting to IPRED, the Intellectual Property Rights Enforcement Directive. The Swedish incarnation of this European directive went into effect on April 1, and it allows courts to force ISPs to turn over user data in cases of suspected copyright infringement. Because of this loss of anonymity, Internet traffic in Sweden saw an immediate drop.

The police are aware of the ISPs' efforts and acknowledge that the lack of IP records could make things difficult for them. "In certain cases, this will make an investigation impossible," Swedish police's Internet crime unit head Stefan Kronkvist told the AFP.

Tele2 and Bahnhof may not be able to skirt authorities like this forever, though. The EU passed the Data Retention Directive in 2006, which requires member countries to retain data from between six months to two years. Some countries have already implemented the directive, although Sweden has chosen to ignore it while a challenge makes its way through the EU court system.

Until ISPs in Sweden are forced to keep logs, however, these moves may help restore the confidence of Swedish Internet surfers who are accustomed to doing whatever they want on the Internet with little fear of being found out.

Origianlly posted on Cnet by By Jacqui Cheng.
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Re: Second Swedish ISP decides to nuke IP address logs
« Reply #1 on: August 09, 2009, 11:41:25 PM »
Isn't privacy great! It is nice to see it is still respected someplace.
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Re: Second Swedish ISP decides to nuke IP address logs
« Reply #2 on: August 13, 2009, 10:45:43 PM »
This is quite correct not to save this information unless a court order with the appropriate evidence of crime, privacy should be just that, PRIVATE!

Although any abuses by pirates etc should be collected and used in prosecution, but only on evidence of such crimes and no other reason.

 


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