Comcast's Win Encourages ISPs To Fight User-Data Requests
By Allison Grande (June 18, 2014, 4:11 PM EDT) -- An Illinois appeals court recently freed Comcast Cable Communications LLC from having to reveal users' identities to an Internet pornography provider trying to pin them for computer fraud, a ruling likely to embolden service providers to dispute user-data requests that they believe to be mere fishing expeditions for evidence of wrongdoing.
In a May 20 ruling, the appeals court reversed the trial court's determination that the identities associated with about 300 IP addresses should be revealed after they were identified by porn company Guava LLC as being linked to individuals who allegedly used stolen usernames and passwords to access Guava's protected computer...
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