[ISN] Feds may require all email to be kept by ISP's

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Date: Tue Jul 02 2002 - 02:34:12 PDT

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    It will be interesting to see how this story develops...
    Friday, June 28, 2002
    By Kelley Beaucar Vlahos
    WASHINGTON - It may sound like a plot device for a futuristic movie,
    but the federal government may not be far from forcing Internet
    service providers to keep copies of all e-mail exchanges in the
    interest of homeland security.
    The White House denied a Washington Post report Thursday alleging that
    the Al Qaeda terrorist network is working on using online and stored
    data to disrupt the workings of power grids, air traffic towers, dams,
    and other infrastructure. But a White House official did acknowledge
    that Al Qaeda has an interest in developing such abilities.
    And it's that interest that has technology circles wondering if the
    federal government is going to follow the European Union's lead in
    passing legislation that would allow the government to mine data on
    customers saved by ISPs.
    Last month, the European Union passed a resolution that would require
    all ISPs to store for up to seven years e-mail message headers,
    Web-surfing histories, chat logs, pager records, phone and fax
    connections, passwords, and more.
    Already, Germany, France, Belgium, and Spain have drafted laws that
    comply with the directive. Technology experts say the U.S. federal
    government may try to do the same thing using the vast law enforcement
    allowances provided under the USA Patriot Act.
    "They drafted the Patriot Act to lower all of the thresholds for the
    invasion of privacy," said Gene Riccoboni, a New York-based Internet
    lawyer who said he has found loopholes in the anti-terror legislation
    that could open up the possibility for an EU-style data retention
    Under the Patriot Act signed into law in October, law enforcement
    needs as little as an administrative subpoena to trace names, e-mail
    addresses, types of Internet access individuals use, and credit card
    numbers used online.
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