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US pushed for ISP data retention in Sweden, leaked cable reveals

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The US was the driving force behind a Swedish plan to require Internet service providers (ISPs) to retain information that tracked Internet users in an effort to prevent file sharing.

A US State Department cable from March 2009, recently released by WikiLeaks, revealed that the US pushed the Swedish Justice Minister to present a plan that would give police access to the identities behind any Internet protocol (IP) addresses that share files.

The US embassy provided Sweden with a six step action plan that included "injunctive relief" which might have meant shutting of Internet connections of those accused.


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