Federal judge tells TorrentSpy to log users against their own privacy policy

mpaa_logo.gif A federal judge in California has told TorrentSpy that they have to log their users even though it is stated very clearly in their privacy policy that they will not. TorrentSpy is being sued by the MPAA for allowing copyright infringing materials roam free and they’re basically looking to pull a RIAA probably since they want logs of users that TorrentSpy doesn’t have.
Mockery of the law? I personally think so. Especially in the United States, if you force websites to go against a clearly stated privacy policy (that was probably written by an attorney) then it’s clearly saying that we don’t care about the privacy of users on the Internet. What privacy there is at least.
On the flip side, copyright violations are illegal. And those users that commit them should be chased after. But not by the MPAA, but by law enforcement. It is the law that is being broken, and MPAA is NOT the enforcer of the law.
Even worse, if we look at the complete picture The MPAA is obviously not what you call ethical in the first place which makes you wonder what shenanigans is being played here through the legal system. The MPAA in the past has paid off a hacker to break into TorrentSpy’s systems and steal email and other information.
Almost sounds like the mafia doesn’t it.
The point here is that the judge obviously doesn’t use the Internet as much as the society upon the Internet, and thus does not know that there are corporations created in essence to protect users. If we go all ‘1984’, then we might as well waive away our freedoms as citizens and be prisoners of SIGs and government. If someone breaks the law, then go after those that do it. There are other means via technology than to force websites to log users. Any security specialist can tell you there are many ways to do it. Logging is only the easiest path and it seems to me that no one bothered to tell the judge.
Via TorrentFreak