A landmark court ruling in Sweden could have dire consequences for those using torrent sites like the Pirate Bay to download pirate films and TV
One of the country's main internet service providers (ISP) will soon be forced to hand over the names of customers using its services to download
Bahnhof is a popular ISP in Sweden and is proud of its ability to keep its customer data private. But the Administrative Court in Stockholm has
decided it must hand over all the personal details of those who infringe on copyright.
The court made a statement about the judgement on its website: “The administrative court in Stockholm has found that today the Swedish provisions on
disclosure of subscription data to law enforcement agencies do not contravene EU law.
“The court therefore considers that the Post and Telecom Agency (PTS) has been prepared to instruct the operator Bahnhof to disclose subscription
information in accordance with the provisions of the Electronic Communications Act."
Bahnhof responded to say that it will appeal the decision. But it could have ramifications to other ISPs beyond Sweden.
Here in the UK, ISPs have issued warnings to anyone using torrent sites like the Pirate Bay or KickassTorrents as part of the Get It Right campaign .