said by Apollo729:Very true as well. I guess the question is, do you feel lucky? I know, if I was downloading illegal files, I wouldn't want to bank on the fact that my ISP wasn't keeping records like that. Its a gamble that, knowing your luck, wouldn't pay off. Its best to assume that they do things the right way to cover their asses. said by Nightfall:
I used to do contract work for an ISP and I can tell you they keep years of data on who gets what IP address. They aren't required by law to do so, but almost all major ISPs do it. In short, this won't work.
Ditto, but, I've seen the flip side too, more then a few times I've found no logs at all because they used too much disk space or some other misguided reason.
Not just on servers mind you, on desktops as well, hundreds of computers, newer models with large hard drives, nothing installed but XP and Office; one or two hundred GB free and they turn off windows built in logs to save space.
There's always two sides to a coin, no one can say for sure that any given ISP or even part of an ISP goes by the book, either the law or their own rules, so his ISP may keep logs or they may not; at the end of the day these networks are run by people and people don't always do things the right way, or even the logical way.