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FBI Renews Push for ISP Data Retention Laws 179

Posted by Soulskill
from the you-can-trust-us dept.
mytrip brings us a news.com story about the FBI's efforts to make records of users' activities available to law enforcement for a much longer time. Several members of Congress also lent their support to the idea that such data retention should be mandatory for a period of up to 2 years. Quoting: "Based on the statements at Wednesday's hearing and previous calls for new laws in this area, the scope of a mandatory data retention law remains fuzzy. It could mean forcing companies to store data for two years about what Internet addresses are assigned to which customers (Comcast said in 2006 that it would be retaining those records for six months). Or it could be far more intrusive. It could mean keeping track of e-mail and instant messaging correspondents and what Web pages users visit. Some Democratic politicians have called for data retention laws to extend to domain name registries and Web hosting companies and even social networking sites."
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FBI Renews Push for ISP Data Retention Laws

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  • Sweet (Score:5, Funny)

    by BigGar' (411008) on Wednesday April 23, 2008 @04:49PM (#23175900) Homepage
    Time to buy some stock in manufacturers of storage solutions.
  • by Uncle Focker (1277658) on Wednesday April 23, 2008 @04:53PM (#23175928)
    That document version has been phased out for the 2.0 version.
  • by megaditto (982598) on Wednesday April 23, 2008 @04:53PM (#23175938)

    "The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized. "
    A couple of things:
    i) notice how it says "against unreasonable searches and seizures," which means that unreasonable searches OR seizures are perfectly legal so long as you do one but not the other.
    ii) persons, houses, etc. does not include electronic data or transmission thereof.
    iii) all of the above is trumped by Article 2 anyways, which says the Prez can ignore the Constitution in order to uphold the Constitution
    iv) if you got nothing to hide you are not a paedophile.
    v) would you rather the Govt collected your emails or your dead bodies? terrorists LOVE the Constitution
    vi) think of the children
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  • by AlHunt (982887) on Wednesday April 23, 2008 @05:10PM (#23176112) Homepage Journal
    >Particularly the phone calls of our congressmen and presidents to lobbyists and such, top secret or not.

    yeah, yeah. They can bite my ass. Stick that up your datapipe and retain it for a while, uncle sam.

  • by twitter (104583) * on Wednesday April 23, 2008 @06:00PM (#23176594) Homepage Journal

    After all, we know congress and the presidency are both crammed with child molesters and other predators. Will someone please think of the children and Xray those bastards daily?

  • by Prisoner's Dilemma (1268306) on Wednesday April 23, 2008 @08:14PM (#23177520)
    New, recently proposed legislation now requires every person to store everything they say or hear for two years. This is for your protection and must be accessible to the FBI and local law enforcement. Advocates for the new law cite the number of lives that could have been saved if this was available to fight terrorists in 1776.

    In other news, President Bush was elected to a fifth term despite only having 1% of the popular vote and a 0% approval rating. When asked how this didn't violate the 22nd amendment to the constitution, the President's reply was, "the what?"

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