Websites free to store IP addresses to prevent cyber attacks: EU court

By Julia Fioretti BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Website owners are free to store users' internet addresses to prevent cyber attacks, the European Union's top court said on Wednesday, rejecting a claim from a German privacy activist who sought to stop the practice. Patrick Breyer, a member of Germany's Pirate Party, had sought to stop the German government registering and storing his Internet Protocol (IP) address when he visited its web pages, arguing that citizens should have a right to surf the web anonymously. Website owners routinely store users' IP addresses to provide customized features, enable or disable access to content or to blacklist IP addresses involved in "denial of service" attacks against a website.

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