"Members of a House Judiciary subcommittee on crime Tuesday
expressed bipartisan support for new rules that would direct
Internet service providers to retain information about their users
for a set period of time, a move backed by law-enforcement agencies
that have complained that providers too often delete information
that could be used to build cases in areas such as child
pornography and other online criminal activity.
"At a hearing on the issue this morning, Jason Weinstein, the
Justice Department's deputy assistant attorney general, testified
that investigations of Internet crimes often drag on for months or
years as law-enforcement agents deal with a tangle of overlapping
and often international jurisdictions.
"But too often, businesses delete critical information that
could be used to build a case by the time agents have traced the
subject of their investigation back to a specific service