Originally Posted by Volodia
Actually, the french government new technology plan is working on an electronic ID which means you wouldn't be anonymous on the internet . supposedly to fight child abuse and terrorism but you can easily see the implication .
The ISPs could decide to only give fixed IPs even it was more work for them .
This is nonsense. It will only affect people who don't know how to use a computer moderately well.
This is like forcing someone to wear a t-shirt that has their name on it so police can easily catch that person when they rob a bank. Not only is it an invasion of privacy, but it doesn't stop someone from putting on a coat!
It's really scary to me how legislators put these laws in place not realizing that they aren't making it easier for law enforcement to catch the bad guys. They're making the bad guys work harder to make themselves unidentifiable!
(I make this example because it's been impressed on my from my parents who are both experienced and successful bankers, one specifically deals with fraud and theft). Before security camera's were common in banks, it was much less common for robbers to conceal their identity with any precision. Now that security camera's are prevalent, an increased number of robbers go through lengths to disguise themselves. There are still idiots who don't, but now the ones who are logically forced to take extra measures become significantly more difficult to apprehend than their less forward-thinking mates.
If you want to catch a criminal then make them feel comfortable and invincible. This is why the TPB guys got smacked down. There is a whole scene of piracy way below the surface (that supplies TPB with a lot of the popular stuff) that is far more paranoid. These people will not be caught because they are far more careful and unfortunately more savvy and often smarter than the people seeking them out. If you want to make this battle harder, then go ahead and turn everyone into the latter.