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DOJ Seeks Mandatory Data Retention for ISP's

pickens (49171) writes | more than 3 years ago

United States 3

Hugh Pickens writes "Computerworld reports that in testimony before Congress the US Department of Justice renewed its call for legislation mandating Internet Service Providers (ISP) retain customer usage data for up to two years because law enforcement authorities are coming up empty-handed in their efforts to go after online predators and other criminals because of the unavailability of data relating to their online activities. "There is no doubt among public safety officials that the gaps between providers' retention policies and law enforcement agencies' needs, can be extremely harmful to the agencies' investigations" says Jason Weinstein, deputy assistant attorney general at the Justice Department adding that data retention is crucial to fighting Internet crimes, especially online child pornography (PDF). Weinstein admits that a data retention policy raises valid privacy concerns however, such concerns need to be addressed and balanced against the need for law enforcement to have access to the data. "Denying law enforcement that evidence prevents law enforcement from identifying those who victimize others online," concludes Weinstein."

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And of course (1)

sjames (1099) | more than 3 years ago | (#35004854)

Since the volume of data is truly giganntic, they are proposing to pay the ISPs a fair price for all that extra infrastructure, right?!?

How is that consistent with the spending freeze? Will they be selling the nudie scanners to N. Korea to pay for it?

Re:And of course (1)

foobsr (693224) | more than 3 years ago | (#35004942)

they are proposing to pay the ISPs a fair price for all that extra infrastructure ...

They are proposing that you/we pay the ISPs an unfair price for all that extra infrastructure ...

CC.

Wrong Direction (1)

Jah-Wren Ryel (80510) | more than 3 years ago | (#35005962)

It isn't the job of the people to make law enforcement easier, its the job of law enforcement to make the lives of the people easier.

Because the potential for abuse is so great (and keeps getting greater with each new generation of storage and computational ability), we need to be going in the exact opposite direction. We need federal laws that limit the maximum amount of time personally identifiable information can be kept so as to prevent the development of massive cross-referenced databases in both government and private sector.

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