FBI Director Seeks to Make ISPs Keep Customer Web Logs
In an effort to help law enforcement to investigate child pornography and other serious crimes, FBI Director Robert Mueller is asking Internet service providers to retain records of browsing history of customers and retain those records for two years.
An attorney’s office said Mueller reaffirmed its support for the original recording of Internet users “and destination information, at a meeting of federal working group on Thursday, according to a CNET news report. Already in 2006, Mueller called the ISP data retention in a speech on the International Association of Chiefs of Police, and presented his case before Congress two years later, demanding a law to mandate.
The USA Patriot Act 2001 and previously enacted the Privacy Act Electronic Communications held ISPs and other telecom providers in a unique position among its customers and the government as registrants, and compelling them to assist the government in collecting information on serious crimes, from terrorism to child abuse. With this new regulation, Mueller hopes that some of the restrictions of the Patriot Act, which loosened the end of 2005, will become more stringent and that the ISP will be held to even higher levels.
In 2006, the government persuaded Comcast to retain user logs for six months, ISPs and other similar commitments, however, most (if not all) are deprived of the two year mark.
Critics have noted that the registration of user data raises many legal and technical problems. Blog of IT in the registry (register.co.uk) said that it is unclear whether Mueller wants ISPs to record the websites you visit specific URLs or techniques that require deep packet inspection and probably violate the laws of U.S. wiretaps. Too burdensome for ISPs to manage these records.
The U.S. Internet Service Provider Association, which represents a long list of ISPs, including AT & T, AOL, Comcast and Verizon, said that although he is always willing to cooperate with police, but would like more specific information the FBI.
ISPA director Kate Dean said in an e-mail in connection with the subject “, without specifics, it is difficult to know what Director Mueller for the industry. The idea of data retention is complex, and Congress must examine many issues including which providers would be covered by a retention regime, for what period of time, these organizations are required to maintain the data, fits with the idea of the politics of today and future technologies and what are the effects on Consumer – What are the potential risks to subscriber privacy and security? ”