Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 13th Sep 2010 15:41 UTC
Legal With bad news after bad news when it comes to consumer rights in relation to software and copyright, it's always refreshing to see that there are still people in high places who aren't yet bought by big content. Late last week, a major battle was won for consumer rights in Switzerland: Switzerland's Federal Supreme Court has ruled that IP addresses are personal information, and therefore, fall under the country's strict privacy laws, and may not be used by anti-piracy companies.
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Secret files scandal
by bouhko on Mon 13th Sep 2010 16:06 UTC
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2010-06-24

I don't think being neutral is the key here. One of the explanation for the rather good data protection laws we have in Switzerland is the scandal we had about secret files in the 80-90 [1]. Basically, a nation-wide citizen spying system was revealed. It targetted mostly left-wing activist.

After that, we got some better law on data protection and the public opinion became somehow aware of the importance of privacy. Sadly, I think it's slowly becoming and "old scandal" and people forget about it.

But yeah, very good news indeed !


[1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Secret_files_scandal

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