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Qwest: Record Retention a Good Idea
First broadband provider to apparently think so
by Karl Bode 04:46PM Tuesday Aug 22 2006
CNET's political beat writer reports that Qwest today applauded the idea of federal laws mandating that ISPs retain user records. "Jennifer Mardosz, Qwest's corporate counsel and chief privacy officer, applauded efforts by politicians to force broadband providers to engage in so-called "data retention," which Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said will aid in terrorism and child exploitation investigations."

As the report notes, this is the first time a broadband ISP has actually applauded this idea. Recall that Gonzalez pitched record tracking to ISP execs last month under the umbrella of fighting child-pornography with limited results. Five major service providers in June formed a new coalition aimed at fighting child pornography on-line.

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My views are my own.

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reply to tsu9

Re: No problems here!

I have to agree with you.

When it comes to child molesters, parents need to be held responsible to their parential obligations/duties. I am not responsible to raise your kids. Pull the computers out of the bedrooms, monitor your kids, and be involved in your kids life. Afterall, isn't the TV the electronic baby sitter? When the hell do I get to be an adult?

Terrorists? Like everything else out there, maybe it's time to "tap" the accounts suspected to the activity such as they do telephones when people are suspected of wrong activities. Why does an ISP need to retain everyone's records?

TOS My a*s.. An ISP has no need to retain records, long term, for each users activity. By doing so, they are simply acting like vigial anties, there and ready to hand them over to the police.

We've also learned how good companies are at keeping records secure from those that don't need to have it. Wasn't it just a day ago that 2 people were fired.. one at AOL, and another at Sprint? Let me spare people the need to respond to this - I am glad they got fired - they should have been 'made examples of'.. however, it doesn't stop that fact that information *ONCE AGAIN* got out.

This over reaching leash being placed on us in the name of "the children" (which is what this really is) needs to come to an end. I am outraged that our politicians are trying to buy the vote of the American Parent, wait, the "LAZY American Parent" because they can't raise, monitor, and protect their children without the need to intrude in my life. Laws need to be passed holding PARENTS responsible for the overwhelming neglect that their children are receiving from them today!

Plain and simple - TODAY'S PARENTS CAN'T PARENT! If they could, we wouldn't have the amount of drop-outs we have, the number of kids involved in crimes, the number of children carrying guns, disrespecting their parents, drinking, doing drugs, having sex getting el-prego, and the list goes on.

Everytime a harmed kid makes the news today, a new law or 20 is propsed to correct the problem.

Stop punishing and intruding into MY life in the name of YOUR kids (general statment) .... time to put focus where it really needs to be in the first place OR accept the fact that terrible things will continue to happen to innocent, and not so innocent, kids.

/rant off


Belvedere Tiburon, CA

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reply to hayabusa3303

Re: ok....

This won't get thrown out in court.

This is no more intrusive than a business videotaping every customer who walks in the door or a shopping center videotaping the license plate of every car that drives into its parking lot. Indeed, this is similar to requirements that businesses keep track of their customers in other business segments. Such laws have long been on the books requiring businesses to retain information in the hotel, pharmaceutical, banking, firearms, and hazardous waste industries for years.

Sheesh, how I wish people would stop crying "unconstitutional" at every thing they personally don't like.

VoIP--the death knell of remaining voice monopolies!


Wheeling, IL

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reply to wifi4milez

Re: No problems here!

Sorry, wifi4milez, nobody needs to know (or, possibly know) that I shop at Amazon.com or that I like to browse DSLR.

Wide swathes of completely useless material do nothing to assist in the prevention of either terrorism or child engangerment. They're better off simply monitoring the sites that are questionable in the first place, rather than collecting information that Suzie Homemaker gets her delicious recipes from Food Network.

Monitoring irrelevant things is totally unneeded.
"You do not secure the liberty of our country and value of our democracy by undermining them, that's the road to hell." - Lord Phillips of Sudbury.

Big Russ, 1918 to 2008. Rest in Peace

New York, NY

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Selective "data retention" for the purpose of stopping child molesters and terrorists is a GOOD THING. The government would only start looking at a specific person (or group) more closely if they did something to warrant further inspection. For those who will obviously start crying about this, lets just clarify what they are proposing. The idea is not to create a dossier on EVERY subscriber, rather, massive amounts of data are randomly gathered (and NOT looked at) unless there is a criminal investigation. At that point prosecutors can "back track" and possibly find out what activity originated from a specific IP address.