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Study: File Sharers Heavily Monitored

ONLINE PRIVACY

September 10, 2012

A study conducted by researchers at the University of Birmingham in the UK reveals that nearly all files shared via torrent sites are monitored by large Internet service companies that are possibly acting on behalf of copyright enforcers, CBC News reports. In their study, the researchers noticed that IP addresses of file sharers were being tracked by several monitors acting as file sharers, the report states. One of the researchers said, “In the EU, there are quite strong data protection laws, and people who store personal data have to fulfill a lot of criteria, and this could definitely be looked on as personal data about the people being monitored.”
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