IP addresses as personal information

Over at Out-Law.com, data protection lawyer Kathryn Wynn sets out her views on why IP addresses are best treated as personal information, regardless of which way the European Court of Justice rules in a pending case in Germany.

The ECJ has been asked to rule on whether website operators’ collection of IP addresses automatically qualifies as the collection of personal information, by virtue of the fact that additional information in the hands of third party ISPs could be used to identify individuals based on those IP addresses.

Link: Out-Law