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Law Enforcement Asks for ISP Retention Law

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

January 26, 2011

The U.S. Department of Justice law enforcement officials from around the country have renewed calls for legislation mandating that Internet service providers (ISPs) retain certain customer usage data for up to two years, Computerworld reports. Those calls came at a House Judiciary Committee hearing Tuesday, where members indicated self-regulation would be their preferred path. From a privacy perspective, John Morris of the Center for Democracy and Technology cautioned that law enforcement would have a "massive amount of information" on presumably innocent Internet users. While privacy advocates are sounding an alarm over what one expert described as "dragnet surveillance by the government," a justice official said, "any privacy concerns about data retention should be balanced against the needs of law enforcement to keep the public safe."
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