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Feds mull mandatory data retention laws for Internet service providers

Feds mull mandatory data retention laws for Internet service providers
Feds mull mandatory data retention laws for Internet service providers



I've put a copy of the Colorado legislation here:
http://www.politechbot.com/docs/colorado.data.retention.041206.pdf 

Previous Politech messages:
http://www.politechbot.com/2005/06/16/feds-contemplate-forcing/ 
http://www.politechbot.com/2005/09/23/european-commission-proposes/ 
http://www.politechbot.com/p-02779.html 

-Declan

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http://news.com.com/ISP+snooping+gaining+support/2100-1028_3-6061187.html 

ISP snooping gaining support
April 14, 2006, 4:03 AM PDT

The explosive idea of forcing Internet providers to record their 
customers' online activities for future police access is gaining ground 
in state capitols and in Washington, D.C.

Top Bush administration officials have endorsed the concept, and some 
members of the U.S. Congress have said federal legislation is needed to 
aid law enforcement investigations into child pornography. A bill is 
already pending in the Colorado State Senate.

Mandatory data retention requirements worry privacy advocates because 
they permit police to obtain records of e-mail chatter, Web browsing or 
chat-room activity that normally would have been discarded after a few 
months. And some proposals would require providers to retain data that 
ordinarily never would have been kept at all.

[...]

Flint Waters, head of the Wyoming's Internet Crimes Against Children 
task force, also is pressing for federal data retention laws...

"Individuals will activate their Webcam when they're abusing a child and 
they'll record the sexual assault live, and it may be 45 days before law 
enforcement finally gets notified," Waters said. "We reach out to 
service providers and they say they don't maintain those records, so the 
child remains in that environment, and there's nothing we can do to help 
them."

[...]
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