Is IP address personal data? (from criminal law point of view)

CoE (Council of Europe) Cybercrime has pubslihed a report called “Rules on obtaining subscriber information“, where questionnaire responses from different countries has been published.

Some of the questions are:

  • Question 1: Is the term “IP address” defined for criminal law purposes?
  • Question 2: Is an IP address considered to be personal data?
  • Questions 3: What categories of data are considered subscriber information?
  • Question 6: What categories of data are considered traffic data?

One of the conclusions are:

  • “IP addresses may be considered subscriber information – as opposed to traffic data–
    if the purpose is to identify a subscriber in relation to an IP address.”

Definitions varies from country to country. For more information and details, see the report.

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