Monday, March 09, 2015

Canadian police seize whole servers apparently hosting C.P. from P2P, raising downstream liability concerns

Police in Ontario (Canada) have 1.2 pegabytes of data (four times the data in the Library of Congress) from a server hosting company on a belief that it contains a lot of child pornography.  A lot of the material is in “RAR” compressed format, and most of the material seems to be traded over P2P networks.  So this case may not involve conventional shared hosting of websites.

Nevertheless, Ontario is working with the US Department of Homeland Securities and with police in many other countries, including the UK, Australia, and other biggies.  “Customers” in over 100 countrries might be implicated.

Observers are concerned over the “downstream liability” question, and the possibility of prosecuting the server hosting company, at least under Canadian law.  EFF posted a link to the story on “vice” recently.

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