Once again demonstrating an utter lack of clue, the EU guy in charge of the ‘personal data and privacy’ working group has stated IP addresses are personal data. I wonder what planet he’s on?
Back at Mailbox in the late 90s we’d allocate a block of 255 IP addresses to share between approximately 3000 dialup users, for instance. Then there’s the RFC1918 private address space, which not only is reused again and again the world over, but is regularly allocated by ISPs nowadays looking to conserve address space (as an example, Vodafone do this with their 3G service).
What an astounding display of fuckwittery.