Yikes, what is it with regulators and legislators? Do they have no one on their staffs to clue them in? Evidently the European Parliament's Civil Liberties Committee is discussing classifying IP addresses as personally identifiable information. That is crazy talk of the third degree. They think of IP addresses as physical addresses when they should think of them as freeway exits. I, for instance, live nearest to
View Larger Map">exit 69 , Big Beaver Road, off of I-75. (yeah, yeah, its a big joke around here). And, of course, that exit number can change at anytime, arbitrarily. I can see how the clueless can be confused by IP addresses. They seem to be attached to your computer. I would suggest that these Euro-equivalents of Senator Ted Stevens do an ipconfig in cmd mode on their laptops next time they are connected at a wireless access point. "Hey! Who changed my IP address?" But what's the use? Anyone who can do that has a clue already. Outlawed hacking toolz in Germany, forbidden words in Brussels, its enough to make one lean towards technocracy over democracy.