European Data Protection Digest

Judge Rejects Demands for ISP Customer IDs


April 23, 2010

In a decision that has "important implications for the policing of the Internet in Italy," an Italian judge has rejected a major anti-piracy organization's suit against Telecom Italia, NetworkWorld reports. The Audiovisual Antipiracy Federation sued Telecom Italia, alleging that it failed to prevent customers from illegally downloading copyright material. The suit called on the company to identify those who have downloaded copyright material and report them to authorities. Telecom Italia refused to release customers' information, citing privacy concerns. Italy's national privacy authority backed the company in the case.
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