New Jersey Supreme Court Rules ISP Info Requires Subpoena

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New Jersey Supreme Court Rules ISP Info Requires Subpoena

Tue Apr 22, 2008 @ 10:15AM PST

Posted by Eriq Gardner

Magnifying_glass The New Jersey Supreme Court has ruled unanimously that police need a a valid subpoena before getting personal information about users from Internet service providers.

The court reviewed a case where the police obtained a suspect's identity after tracing the woman through her Internet provider, Comcast Corp.

The case mustered strong attention from outside interest groups, including amicus briefs from the ACLU, Electronic Frontier Foundation and the Electronic Privacy Information Center.

The case, and others like it, could be significant if authorities begin turning to ISPs to help them fight file-sharing.

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