Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Swedish ISPs criticise UK deal

Swedish ISPs have criticised the deal between UK ISPs and the music industry as a gross invasion of privacy.

"A number of Swedish ISPs have been quick to criticize the plan and have made plain their opinions that it's a flagrant violation of customer privacy.

“We don’t want to act like police and feel that a system similar to that in the UK is a deep invasion of privacy," said Annika Kristersson of internet and telecommunications company Tele2 to the Svenska Dagbladet (SvD) newspaper.

"It would entail us having to spy on our customers."

It's also observed that the plan negatively impacts the Internet subscribers for the sake of a mediocre return - that is that it's simply not a good idea to target Internet connections when it has become such a vital tool for education, communication, and more. Disconnecting users means also removing them from what has become a global town square and is a poor way to combat illegal file-sharing.

“To try to restrict connections and reduce connection speeds shows a high degree of amateurism,” said Bahnhof CEO Jon Karlung to SvD."

Thanks to Sheila Thompson via the ORG list for the link.

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