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Court: IP Address Not Enough to ID User

PRIVACY LAW—FRANCE

March 1, 2010

EDRI-gram reports on the Paris Appeal Court's recent ruling that an IP address does not allow the identification of an Internet user and, therefore, can be collected without the prior authorization of the French data protection authority, the CNIL. The decision backs the Cassation Court's decision of January 13, 2009, which classified the IP address as "nominal data." The Appeal Court said the IP address "cannot be considered personal data because it does not identify the user," the report states. A techdirt commentary on the ruling says that while some will not like it, it's good that "courts recognize that an IP address does not identify a user, even if it means that IP addresses aren't considered private info."
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