Thursday, April 13, 2006

German music industry demands intrusive new powers

Hannes FederrathThe music industry in Germany is demanding that it get new powers to obtain personal information about alleged file-sharers from Internet Service Providers (thanks, Dave!). They are even calling for the early implementation of the data retention directive, which is targeted at terrorist offenses, to help track down file sharers:

Such demands by the media industry have raised the shackles of European data protectionists, among others. Hannes Federrath, Professor of Information Security Management at the University of Regensburg reminded representatives of rights holders at the event in Munich that "What you are demanding here goes beyond what prosecutors of consumers of child pornography get."

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