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In the fight to block IPTV (Internet Protocol Television) applications, the Italian police are taking measures that leave great doubts about whether the rights of network users are being sufficiently protected. In an unprecedented campaign, as described by the Republicthe Guardia di Finanza has identified thousands of subscribers to these IPTV channels and has sent fines to their homes.


From alert to track. following a US Supreme Court decision in 2005 It became popular that when a website was blocked, a message from the authorities would appear informing them of the decision. That notice has been the general trend in the persecution of many streaming broadcasts.

In some cases it was warned that visiting that website could represent an infringement and that the IP could be registered. Now we see that the Italian police have carried out an operation, called “Gotha”, where they have tracked more than 500 IPTV channels and Telegram channels, of which more than 310 have been blocked.

With the collaboration of the operators. Italian authorities have tracked IPTV users by “arranging the redirection of national connections from all Internet service providers.” That is to say, the Police made the connections of the users go to a server controlled by them, in order to detect when they connected.

It is an “innovative technique” that takes advantage of “new technological tools”, as described Gian Luca BerrutiHead of investigations of the Special Unit for the Protection of Privacy and Technological Fraud.

LaLiga asks the European Union to ban 85 IPTV applications without justifying why it considers them illegal

1,600 letters with fines of up to 1,032 euros. as described torrentfreaka total of 1,600 letters have been sent to different users who were identified as subscribers to IPTV channels persecuted by Italian law. The letter points to a fine of 154 euros or in case of recidivism of up to 1,032 euros. Although it is possible to pay in advance, within 60 days, and reduce the fine to 51 and 344 euros respectively.

According to the CEO of Sky Italia, these sent fines are only a first batch and alert of how “dangerous” it is to use these services.

No brake. The Italian research has made records in more than 23 Italian provinces and explains that it has managed to analyze 70% of national streaming. As explained from Sky, this type of streaming impacts pay television with around 30 million euros of lost income per month. The equivalent of about 900,000 users.

The persecution of IPTV has intensified in recent years. The big soccer leagues and operators are putting pressure on the European Union to take quicker action. And that is being noticed in cases like the one that is now happening in Italy or Spain, with closures like that of AceStream.

Chasing streams or terrorists? The argument of the Italian police, through Berruti, is the following: “It is important to make all citizens, especially young people, aware of this issue and make them understand that financing this business is financing organized crime. We must protect the healthy economy and companies that respect the rules”.

However, the mechanisms used, targeting and identifying Internet users, are typical of pursuits of a higher level of danger, such as the fight against terrorists or clearly illegal actions on the network. It is surprising that for fines that are economically low, such a questionable mechanism in terms of privacy has been chosen.

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In the fight to block IPTV (Internet Protocol Television) applications, the Italian police are taking measures that leave great doubts…

In the fight to block IPTV (Internet Protocol Television) applications, the Italian police are taking measures that leave great doubts…

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