2006-06-16

Chairman Bodström on pirate raids

After the raid on over 200 servers, some that still haven't gotten their equipment back, to get to the Pirate Bay, parliament member Johan Linander (c), sent a question to justice minister Thomas Bodström:

Early May 31 a large police raid were done to stop the bittorrent tracker The Pirate Bay. Except that people were taken in for questioning, there was a raid on the company that keeps the servers that, for example, contains the site Pirate Bay. The police, however, did not stop with taken with them Pirate Bay's servers, but emptied the entire server hall and thus also took server that only contains insignificant legal sites.

Completely innocent companies have been affected, their sites have been closed down and this of course means both an unacceptable infringement in their freedom of speech and financial losses. For me it is unbelievable that raids are done against other servers than of those belonging to a company suspected of crime. It is as if all the companies renting space in an office building were to be closed because there's one company in the house that committs crimes from their space.

Of course the justice minister can not and should not talk about a specific case. But the justice minister must understand the very large problem with all the innocent that can be affected when raids are done on an entire server hall, instead of the suspected company's servers.

What actions is the justice minister ready to take to hurridly make sure that innocents are not affected when servers are being taken?


The answer, according to Intrikat IT, is more or less that the situation is fine as it is.

The legal measures should therefor be in proportion to what is expected to be gained with the measures, in matters of the nature, degree, range and lasting time.


In other words, what the minister is actually saying on this topic is that this was an excellent way to deal with a problem - to, in order to get to one site, shut down sites of, among other things, a chechen news agency and two hundere companies, none with relations to the suspected company, and take their computers for an unspecified amount of time.

And, since this is such a good idea, and so proportional, we can probably expect things like this to happen again.

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