court ruling: Judge orders tracking of users

File sharing sites come under the scanner again with the Central District of California federal judge ordering, a BitTorrent site, to begin tracking its users activities as possible evidence in a "copyright infringement lawsuit filed by a handful of movie studios and the MPAA (Motion Pictures Association Of America). "

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The judge's ruling would force TorrentSpy to act in a manner contrary to its privacy policy, which says that the site does not collect any personal information about its users. In a message to the "friends of TorrentSpy" published on the TorrentSpy front page, its administrators say that they are appealing the judge's order and will not create logs of what its users do throughout the site without their consent.

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File-sharing sites have always had it tough from movie studios and the MPAA. While the sites provide a disruptive medium for sharing data, they are also prone to being used as the medium for the transfer of copyrighted content. The logging process would ultimately lead to some information (like IP addresses) being recorded and turned over to the MPAA. All this, while the privacy policy explicitly states that the Web site will not track its users without their consent. Is this the beginning of a trend where user privacy is compromised for business interest? Join the discussion.