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Norway will not chase file-sharers

1 July, 2009

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Deutsch: Norwegen wird File-Sharer nicht verfolgen

The Norwegian data protection authority has decided that ISPs had to delete all IP address-related data just 3 weeks after collection, a decision that will make difficult to chase file-sharers.

The regulator started with two ISPs, Tele2 and Lyse Tele but the decision, subject by the Personal Data Act, will apply to all ISPs in Norway. As Norway is not a member of the European Union, it is not bound to comply to the European data retention directive which says that this type of data must be held for at least 6 months. In Norway, now, data retention can go from a few days to five months.

The Norwegian telecom regulator has also recently ruled that the identity of file-sharers can be disclosed to copyright holders only by court order. And to make things even tougher for copyright holders, Simonsen law firm, the only legal company having had a licence to track file-sharers, has seen it expire with no renewal provided.

Simonsen has had the licence since 2006 having been enabled to monitor alleged pirates and collect their IP addresses. The licence was however temporary and it won't be renewed due to the very little debate on the matter. Data protection authorities have requested legislative clarification on what the license can and cannot do, but have not received the requested information from the competent authorities.

Simonsen lawyer Espen Tøndel said that his law firm would object against the non-renewal of their license. "One can not deny (the copyright holders) their right to protect their interests in this way," he said.

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