European Data Protection Digest

Anti-Piracy Group Sues ISP

PRIVACY LAW—ITALY

February 12, 2010

The outcome of a trial that began in Italy this week could have ramifications on the privacy of Internet users. The San Francisco Chronicle reports that a major anti-piracy organization is suing Telecom Italia for failing to prevent customers from illegally downloading copyright material. The Audiovisual Antipiracy Federation claims that hundreds of thousands of Telecom Italia customers have illegally downloaded content. It wants Telecom Italia to identify those customers and report them to authorities. It is a deadlock with echoes around the world, where anti-piracy interests are demanding user data and ISPs are refusing to divulge it, citing customers' privacy. Italy's national privacy authority is backing Telecom Italia in the case.
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