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Swedish DPA: music industry may collect IP addresses

20 October, 2005

According to the Swedish e-zine The Local, the Swedish Data Inspection Board now allows the Swedish anti-piracy group Antipiratbyrån and the record industry group IFPI to collect the IP addresses of file-sharers.

In an earlier ruling EDRI-gram reported about, the Swedish Data Protection Authority said APB and IFPI broke privacy laws, because they were collecting personal information without permission. Only government authorities were allowed to create registers of criminal offences. The DPA now grants the organisations an exception from the law. APB and IFPI maintain they do not keep extensive personal files, but just pass on the IP addresses to providers or to the police.

From the rulings it seems the anti-piracy group collected the IP addresses itself, with a computer program. In the Netherlands and in Ireland, anti-piracy groups used the services of the US based company MediaSentry to collect the IP addresses. Because this company does not comply with European data protection legislation, ISPs in the Netherlands have successfully objected against claims from the industry to hand-over identifying data of their customers.

Green light to chase file-sharers (13.10.2005)

Swedish DPA reprimands anti-piracy group (15.06.2005)

Datainspektionen säger ja till film- och musikbranschen (Swedish, 13.10.2005)



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