|reply to TSI Marc |
Re: Discussion about log retention
I appreciate the open discussion!
There is a fundamental problem with some of the justifications for retaining logs beyond the absolute minimum. The same type of argument exists for having cameras on every street corner. And why not in the living rooms of every home? It is not exaggeration or devils advocacy to recognize that criminal wrongdoing takes place on the streets and (especially) in the privacy of people's homes everyday. Law enforcement would no doubt be more effective with greater surveillance of public and private spaces. But there's a good reason why we as citizens resist this encroachment.
No offense, but I don't want my ISP internalizing too much the perspective of law enforcement at the expense of its customers' privacy. As noted by someone above, the real authorities already have at their disposal many tools for tracking the internet and real life activities of suspected criminals where there are reasonable grounds. The phoney authorities, that is to say the copyright trolls and bagmen for Hollywood, are the real concern here and the context for this debate.
I find it very hard to believe that duration of logs (say 1 mo. vs. 6 mos. or whatever) has no impact on the efficacy of Voltage style trolling practices. If nothing else these vultures would be forced to be in court that much more often with much shorter lists to keep up with rolling deletions. If their attack cannot be defeated in motions court then the least Teksavvy can do is take a lesson from this experience and reduce its logging to the bare minimum. The many European ISPs for example that have taken this approach have not done so because they are bad corporate citizens and facilitators of criminality, but because people there have fought to entrench internet privacy and it is becoming recognized as a right by European societies and governments.
I have been with Teksavvy for coming on 10 years and I generally like the service I get as well as the transparency and responsiveness of the company in these forums. But the struggle over the internet -- neutrality, privacy, criminal sanctions for IP infringements, etc. -- is coming to a head because of a concerted campaign by the Big Brothers of Voltage. I would like to see Teksavvy taking the lead in protecting internet privacy as it has been at the forefront of other battles. In this changing environment, logging policy would certainly be a part of my consideration of where to get my internet service (and I'm not even an 'unlimited plan' user).