ISPs Can Share User Data With Copyright Holders: EU Court

Law360, New York (April 24, 2012, 9:11 PM EDT) -- The European Union's highest court ruled Thursday that national data retention laws do not bar Internet service providers from sharing customer information that copyright holders can use to identify individuals that they believe have engaged in illegal file-sharing.

In agreeing with a Swedish appeals court, the European Court of Justice found there was no provision in the 2006 EU directive on data retention that precludes ISPs from disclosing subscriber data to a party other than the public authorities specifically mentioned in the directive.

The court further...
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