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Our Swiss attorneys can offer more details on the legal requirements under which these procedures can be performed. Of course with so much traffic, who is watching you? Internet privacy laws in Switzerland It's important to remember that your use of the internet is not always logged in the same place. In the Federal Supreme Court of Switzerland found that IP addresses are personal information and that under Swiss privacy laws they may not be used to track Internet usage without the knowledge of the individuals involved. Considering the providers individually, Swisscom consolidated its leader position, which it took over from UPC the previous year, only 10 years after its entry into this market. About Us Free Newsletter.

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The following 2 users would like to thank jonbvn for this useful post: How does this work in practice, given that most bit torrent clients both download and upload at the same time? This user would like to thank sashimiso for this useful post: This user would like to thank Slaphead for this useful post: Tonino, BitTorrent is not the only option for what you're talking about.

There are plenty of sites, and newsgroups if you want to go old school , which offer files for download only - no uploading involved. The following 2 users would like to thank Ed Pummelon for this useful post: In CH for personal use, if you can find something to download and use it yourself my experience is no one cares.

Like all over, if you do not own content, and you upload it for others to use, this is illegal, and all jurisdictions are strict. Everybody told me the same here: I talked about these issues with a friend who is a lawyer and he told me that you can also upload, but not the whole file. This way you are sharing something "useless". P So, if you adjust your upload ratio to your download speed, you can share without any problem as Slaphead said.

Mrs Scotney recently had to write a lengthy essay outlining the current situation regarding copywrite and the law in Switzerland, so this is kind of a hot topic for us. In easy terms, the current situation is as so ; Under current Swiss law, you are permitted to download music, films, games etc , copy it and distribute to people, provided you do not sell the copied material for money. Swiss law at the moment views this as normal and reasonable part of promoting a product or service, therefore is deemed legal under the Swiss freedom of information act - at the moment.

The logic being mainly related to Scientific esp Chemical research and the accessibility of information. The Swiss are standing their ground at the moment and refusing to consider changing their policy, however with the kind of mainly US companies like AOL at the forefront of prosecuting nationals from outside their own borders, there is pressure to reach a compromise in the future.

While my understanding is based on research in the past 6 months, I have read many news stories from around the world where people have been extradited to the US for trial. Pretty much all the worlds servers and service providers are US owned , including torrent sites , and are located on US territory. As such you may not be committing a 'crime' in Switzerland, but the fact a US server or provider is part of the chain you use, the American authorities view this as a crime committed on their territory.

Hence their zeal in prosecuting people for copying Lady Gaga e. The following 5 users would like to thank Scot-ney for this useful post: Assassin , c , Carlos R , Soleil , st2lemans. Seems weird I know, but apparently it's based on the premise that it's unreasonable to expect you to know exactly what you're downloading until it's downloaded. With uploading you know exactly what you're uploading. Yep, OK, it's still weird.

This user would like to thank Carlos R for this useful post: While using some of the P2P software you might also want to consider simultaneously running PeerBlock http: However, I'm not sure this software will prevent your IP address from being collected by anti-P2P companies, to the best of my knowledge it will prevent them from connecting to your computer via P2P but they might still be able to see and collect your IP address.

The following 2 users would like to thank TapiroLee for this useful post: I just did some very quick googling if that is a word and found out that the Computer Engineering Lab at Zurich have a project called bitthief - this allows the user to set upload to zero, and download to your heart's content.

How did they know? Voice chats with these servers are generall established directly between the parties so the chances for the monitoring them are reduced. You should assume absolutely zero privacy on IM chats. Email - Your email might not be held by your ISP - it could be located anywhere.

For example in the case of google's gmail everything which ever passes through that account is never ever deleted even when it appears like it has. Google's terms of use say that they can basically hand any of it to the authorities if all they do is ask. We discussed some of the issues with google and privacy on this thread.

If your email is held by a larger provider the chance is greater especially in the US that the authorities have approached the company to ask them to allow them to monitor it. So what does this mean for you? Well I believe your friend is correct to be concerned. I was recently sent an email from someone I know in Iran not a friend, just someone I've chatted with before about some software development stuff. He asked me to help him open a bank account via email.

I was a little upset with him because this may have brought me unwanted attention. It could be that I've been flagged in some giant database now because I corresponded with a guy from an "evil" country i. Should you feel safer using the internet in Switzerland? But only if your use of it is limited to Switzerland.

Chances are that many of the services you use are within the reach of governments with little regard for either the law or your privacy - whether you are innocent or not. Mark what a detailed post Thanks a lot and I appreciate the post. If you would like ur IP address masked yes, I certainly do , then you can.

It will make your life inconvenient I don't do it often , since it slows your browsing a lot. But you should know. Then install tor, enable it and see the difference. You can also buy one of the other software on the webiste for a fee small one , and makes your life pretty convenient speeds up your browsing. Thread Tools Show Printable Version. Posting Rules You may not post new threads. BB code is On.

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Internet users: million, 49th in the world; % of the population, 19th in the world (). Fixed broadband: million subscribers, 27th in the world; % of . Internet services provided by the registered with BAKOM Internet service providers (ISPs) are subject to a "voluntary recommendation" by the Federal Supreme Court of Switzerland, which requires blocking of websites just after Jan 11,  · Re: Internet privacy laws in Switzerland It's important to remember that your use of the internet is not always logged in the same place. Your ISP may keep some records, depending on which of their services you use.