DOJ Renews Push For Mandatory ISP Data Retention
Will Make Their Case Again Starting Tomorrow
For much of the last decade the U.S. government has been trying to force data retention requirements on ISPs, most frequently under the banner of fighting child pornography
. New bills seem to pop up every year or so
, though privacy advocates have traditionally beaten such efforts back. Mandatory ISP data retention was something you'll recall was a priority for the Bush/Gonzales Justice Department, and (much like warrantless wiretapping) is now being championed by the Obama Administration Justice Department. According to CNET
, a renewed effort is underway to get such laws passed:
Criminal investigations "are being frustrated" because no law currently exists to force Internet providers to keep track of what their customers are doing, the U.S. Department of Justice will announce tomorrow. CNET obtained a copy of the department's position on mandatory data retention--saying Congress should strike a "more appropriate balance" between privacy and police concerns--that will be announced at a House of Representatives hearing tomorrow.
It's still not clear what legislative form this new push will take. Most ISPs currently discard user activity logs after a few months if it isn't related to network monitoring, fraud prevention or billing disputes -- though they will retain activity logs if requested by law enforcement. A new legislative proposal could require anything from the simple collection and retention of IP assignments for two years -- to the broader collection and retention of everything including e-mail, instant messaging, and website visitations.
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Re: Power Grab
I agree with your assessment. Maybe we should extend this to all car manufacturers implementing GPS systems that maintain all data on us so they can give that to authorities. Then we can extend this to every person / child puts their DNA and Finger Prints into a national database so we can be tracked and "discovered" in the event that we do / have done something that requires them to have evidence for this.
They already have the tools they need to track those needed to be tracked. They can obtain a court order and begin tracking them.