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House Panel To Consider Retaining IP Addresses

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

January 25, 2011

CNET reports that Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives are expected to unveil their first technology initiative of the new term in the form of "a push to force Internet companies to keep track of what their users are doing." At a hearing scheduled for this morning, a house panel is expected to discuss "reviving a dormant proposal for data retention that would require companies to store Internet Protocol (IP) addresses for two years," the report states. According to a spokesman for Rep. F. James Sensenbrenner (R-WI), the panel's chairman, the hearing will look at retaining IP information to facilitate law enforcement investigations of Internet crimes.
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