said by zod5000:
I just had another thought. How are private companies getting access to the data of those 50 users?
Aren't warrants and what no only issued to police? How can the courts turn over private information to private parties?
I could understand turning it over if the police have obtain a warrant, but if it's as easy as a private party showing an ip address to a judge, I think there's going to be some privacy issues?
Why do you think Vic Toews keeps wanting to push his spy bill through? One of his "You're a child pornographer if you oppose this bill" favorites is the ability to get subscriber information without a court order, among other things. All it would take was basically asking. And even though the original bill is dead, the offspring of that bill are still very much alive. So much so that privacy commissioners from several provinces have banded together detailing their concerns.
The other way is to have the police file charges against those people. then when the subpeonas are issued, drop the case, then re-file the case in civil court. This worked until a few years ago in the US when judges started getting annoyed at this practice because they never saw the case end up on the docket and started seeing it as a abuse of the court as criminal charges were never intended to be filed - it was done just to get the subpeona'd information.