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Comment Re:indeed (Score 1) 134

I'm fairly pro-market ... The internet these days is basically a utility

This is the problem in a nutshell. Internet service is not provided by a free market. Government has create internet service provider utilities via cable and phone company competition restrictions. Only when we get real choice will the situation improve.

Comment Re:Good (Score 1) 241

Who is to say each request is for a different person? Perhaps the people the police are after are using multiple online identities.

It also wouldn't be surprising if the same identity requests were repeated.

A third possibility is a request for the identity of possible victims.

Finally, evidence collected is not always enough for an arrest, much less a conviction. This doesn't mean an investigation isn't warranted.

Not to say the information shouldn't come with a cost, but the hit miss ratio may not be nearly as bad as you think.

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