Law Limits Disclosing File-Sharers, EU Adviser Says

Copyright groups may not be able to demand that telecom companies hand over the names and addresses of people suspected of swapping music illegally online, a senior legal adviser to the EU's highest court said. Advocate General Juliane Kokott, advising the European Court of Justice, said that EU law directs governments to resist the disclosure of personal data on Internet traffic in civil cases -- unlike criminal cases, where compliance would be required.

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