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DOJ, ISPs: No Deal on Data Retention
No agreement reached, no follow-up meeting set
by Karl Bode 02:31PM Monday Jun 05 2006
We recently noted that the DOJ and Attorney General Roberto Gonzales met with the chiefs of several major ISPs (including AOL, Comcast and Verizon) to try and convince them they should retain customer browsing activity for at least two years. Officials handed out pixelated images of child pornography, and informed attendees this was the type of thing such tracking would help eliminate. According to CNET, the two sides left that meeting without agreeing on much of anything, and without scheduling a follow up meeting.
"Another participant said it appeared as though the Justice Department wanted to require Internet providers to at least record their customers' Internet Protocol addresses, which are often temporarily assigned and the logs deleted after a few months during the routine course of business. It wasn't clear whether the requirement also would apply to Web sites such as search engines, which could be forced to record what keywords their users typed in for future investigations."
The article notes there are two proposals winding their way through Congress that could mandate such data collection.

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Re: hope laws pass

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our phone records held by phone company for many years, that goes for landline and for cell phones. What makes internet any different?
There is a private, economic basis for the collection of phone numbers called in order to facilitate billing for tariffed telephone service. The minimal record keeping allowed and mandated for that purpose is reasonable to comply with auditing requirements of the tax authorities of both state and federal governments.

There is NO JUSTIFICATION for ISPs to keep records of Internet communications because Internet communications are not billed for by occurence, duration and distance like tariffed local and long distance telephone services. PERIOD!

If probable cause, not a fascist manifestation of wholesale distrust of the entire electorate, is established and sworn to, a warrant may be issued for contemporaneous surveillance of a subjects Internet communications. The system need not abrogate the individual and collective right of the citizenry to remain sacrosanct from abusive governmental authority.

The requirement to keep records as proposed by the government serves no purpose in a free society.