Attorney General Raises Heat on ISP Data Retention

“U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and FBI Director Robert Mueller last week urged telecommunications officials to record their customers’ Internet activities.

“In a private meeting with industry representatives, Gonzales, Mueller and other senior members of the Justice Department said Internet service providers should retain subscriber information and network data for two years, according to two sources familiar with the discussion who spoke on condition of anonymity.

“The closed-door meeting at the Justice Department, which Gonzales had requested, according to the sources, comes as the idea of legally mandated data retention has become popular on Capitol Hill and inside the Bush administration. Supporters of the idea say it will help prosecutions of child pornography because in many cases, logs are deleted during the routine course of business.”

Declan McCullagh. Gonzales Pressures ISPs on Data Retention. May 26, 2006.

Prior CopyCense coverage:

CopyCense. Congress Considering Online Data Collection. May 18, 2006.

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06/07/2006 at 08:45

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