IP Addresses Fall Under EU Privacy Law, Top Court Says

By Allison Grande (October 19, 2016, 11:12 PM EDT) -- Europe's highest court ruled Wednesday that dynamic internet protocol addresses that require help from service providers to link to individuals can be considered personal information under the bloc's current data protection regime, although it found that websites are free to collect such data in order to combat cyberattacks.

The European Court of Justice's two-part ruling stems from a dispute over the scope of the bloc's 1995 general data protection directive that was launched by German activist Patrick Breyer, who asserted that the government's collection and storage of his dynamic IP address when he visited various websites operated by federal agencies ran...

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