[Politech] Politicians push for mandatory data retention laws, bipartisanly [priv]

From: Declan McCullagh (declan@private)
Date: Wed Apr 23 2008 - 14:21:16 PDT

[Did everyone really think this was over? If nothing else, data 
retention proponents have taken a long-term view; here's something I 
wrote in 2005 about the beginnings of the DR push: 
http://www.news.com/2100-1028_3-5748649.html --Declan]


FBI, politicos renew push for ISP data retention laws
By Declan McCullagh (declan@private)

WASHINGTON--The FBI and multiple members of Congress said on Wednesday 
that Internet service providers must be legally required to keep records 
of their users' activities for later review by police.

Their suggestions for mandatory data retention revive a push for 
potentially sweeping federal laws--which civil libertarians oppose--that 
flagged last year after the resignation of Attorney General Alberto 
Gonzales, the idea's most prominent proponent.

FBI Director Robert Mueller told a House of Representatives committee 
that Internet service providers should be required to keep records of 
users' activities for two years.

Also lending their support for data retention were Rep. Ric Keller, 
R-Fla., who said that Internet chat rooms were crammed with sexual 
predators, and Rep. Lamar Smith of Texas, the senior Republican on the 
House Judiciary committee and a previous data retention enthusiast. Rep. 
John Conyers, the senior Democrat and chairman, added that any proposed 
data retention legislation submitted by the FBI "would be most welcome."

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