Media Law Prof Blog

Editor: Christine A. Corcos
Louisiana State Univ.

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

AG Tells Internet Providers Data Retention a Good Thing

Attorney General Alberto General met with Internet providers last Friday in a closed door meeting and told them the Bush administration believes that data retention might be a good thing in order to enable law enforcement to track down child porn offenders. According to a story on CNET, the administration is now suggesting that ISPs keep such information for up to two years to enable prosecutions, since the European Union now requires its ISPs to do so. Read more here.

Representative Diana DeGette (D-Colorado) has also introduced an amendment to a bill that would require "each provider of Internet access services to retain records to permit the identification of subscribers to such services for appropriate law enforcement services. Such records shall, in accordance with such regulations, be retained for not less than one year after a subscriber ceases to subscribe to such services."

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