Eircom, which is the privately-owned former state telecoms monopoly, came to a settlement with the four major record labels EMI, Sony BMG, Warner and Universal when the companies sued it over its customers’ file-sharing activities.
In the settlement Eircom agreed to operate the ‘three strikes’ disconnection policy advocated internationally by music labels and film studios. That deal has been scrutinised by the High Court in Ireland to ensure that its operation does not breach data protection laws.
The Data Protection Commissioner raised three issues in relation to the deal, questioning whether or not the use of internet protocol (IP) address information and monitoring of users’ activities broke privacy laws.
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