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Court: File Sharers' Privacy Infringed Upon

PRIVACY LAW—SWITZERLAND

September 10, 2010

The Swiss supreme court has ordered a company to stop collecting information on suspected illegal file sharers, saying the practice breaches sharers' privacy rights, The Associated Press reports. Logistep AG's distribution of file-sharers' information to film and music companies seeking to protect their copyrights is a significant infringement of privacy rights, a Lausanne-based Federal Tribunal said in a Wednesday ruling. The information distributed included IP addresses, which the court said are protected by Switzerland's strict data protection laws.
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