The ongoing battle between George Hotz and Sony has taken yet another and somewhat frightening twist. A federal magistrate has granted Sony permission to obtain the IP address of each and every visitor to his website. Sony was also granted access to data from YouTube, Blogger and Twitter related to George Hotz and the PS3 hack.
Sony maintains that it needs this information, to prove that Hotz breached the Digital Millennium Copyright Act by offering the tools to crack a PS3 console. Sony also wishes to demonstrate that those who downloaded the hack reside in Northern California; which would make the case answerable in San Francisco (favourable to Sony) rather than Hotz’ home state of New Jersey.
Regardless of what Sony‘s intentions are with this data, the fact that a judge has granted them access to such widespread information is frightening and sets a dangerous precedent for the future.