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Judge: No Privacy for ISP Subscribers

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

September 15, 2010

In a case aimed at those who download movies from peer-to-peer networks, U.S. District Court Judge Rosemary Collyer has ruled that ISP subscribers have no "cognizable claim of privacy in their subscriber information," MediaPost reports. In making that determination, Collyer noted that users "already have conveyed such information to their Internet service providers." Some legal scholars, meanwhile, maintain that IP addresses should be protected as PII. Collyer's rationale also contradicts another court's ruling, the report states, referencing a two-year-old decision by the New Jersey Supreme Court "that citizens have a reasonable expectation of privacy...in the subscriber information they provide to Internet service providers--just as New Jersey citizens have a privacy interest in their bank records stored by banks and telephone billing records kept by companies."
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