Federal judge rules that data sent through peer-to-peer file sharing is not private

By Justin Kahn ยท 8 replies
Nov 13, 2013
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  1. Some potential new legal precedence is being set by a federal judge in Vermont, after ruling that data shared via peer-to-peer file-sharing services should not be expected to be private.

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  2. davislane1

    davislane1 TS Grand Inquisitor Posts: 4,737   +3,757

    I always suspected CP peddlers weren't the brightest of the criminal underworld. Now I know this for certain.
  3. insect

    insect TS Evangelist Posts: 349   +132

    Given the case at hand, I think it would be immoral of the judge to dismiss the only evidence against the child pornographers just because the evidence was obtained via P2P. Nevertheless, the data is available to the public if they have the P2P client also and so I think technically this is the right call also. All P2P is that way by definition. It's the digital equivalent of doing a drug deal on the street and when a cop observes the activity making an arrest and then those involved saying "This was a private deal! What you saw can't be used as evidence!".

    Maybe next time they will turn on their spoofer, use TOR, and check the "hide my IP" option in the client. Only stupid criminals get caught.
  4. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,274

    They're the sickest, vilest vermin on earth along with paedophiles. I'm with the judge and the law on this one and I don't care what tactics the authorities use to track them down, use the NSA as well. Throw the book at 'em and don't spare the horses.

    NTAPRO TS Evangelist Posts: 809   +102

    I always find it somewhat humorous that people will go and defend these kinds of cases, but then again, that's what keeps their bills paid...
  6. avoidz

    avoidz TS Guru Posts: 460   +56

    Was there ever a chance it would go the other way? Nope.
  7. Its hysterical how may sex offenders and their families swear by all things holy..that they accidently stumbled on a website with CP and got arrested...cracks me up..
  8. Chuck Cortes

    Chuck Cortes TS Rookie Posts: 53   +13

    As disgusting as the practice is to all of us its their right to be defended. Lets keep in mind not every person accused of CP is doing it. I am sure there have been quite a few innocent people who have been accused of such things just as they have of other crimes they were innocent of. I am all for punishing the guilty and using nearly any means to catch them but by the same token these means also catch innocent people in error so its only fair they are defended. What would be really sad is that the actual criminal is found innocent due to errors on the part of those trying to catch them.
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  9. Another biased and erroneous ruling from a partial and corrupt judge.

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