European Data Protection Supervisor declares IP addresses must be treated as personal data

Talking about the confusion of many European Data Protection Authorities (DPAs) as to whether the IP data Google is collecting is private or not, Peter Hustinx, European Union's Data Protection Supervisor, affirmed that IP addresses and server logs should be treated as personal data.

As Google itself acknowledged, IP address data is sometimes private and sometimes not. Hustinx basically seeks to remove any confusion on the part of the EU DPAs so that if the DPAs can't clearly determine if sometimes the data is private and sometimes not, it should be considered to be private and protected as such.

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