European Data Protection Digest

Swedish ISP Won't Retain IP Addresses

DATA RETENTION—SWEDEN

July 23, 2010

Sweden's Pirate Party plans to launch a new Internet service that will not retain logs of users' IP addresses, Deutsche Welle reports. The party hopes to compete on anonymity. "We want to make more of a political statement about which Internet service provider you use," said Pirate ISPs CEO, Gustav Nipe. He said that by not keeping such user data, there would be nothing to provide to law enforcement if requested. But a lawyer with the Swedish Anti-Piracy Bureau predicts the Pirate ISP will be found illegal, the report states, because all ISPs are required to turn over IPA addresses when asked. Nipe said the company is being "proactive against the Data Retention Directive," which will be voted on in Swedish Parliament later this year.  
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