June 12th, 2006

US government, Net firms fail to agree on data retention


Following a secret meeting, it appears the Justice Department wants to at least require Internet providers to record customers' Internet Protocol addresses, though that may just be the beginning

...[A] proposal to mandate data retention have surfaced in the US Congress. One, backed by Representative Diana DeGette, a Colorado Democrat, says that any Internet service that "enables users to access content" must permanently retain records that would permit police to identify each user. The records could only be discarded at least one year after the user's account was closed.