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House Panel Presses for ISP Data Retention Mandate

Jan 27, 2011, 07:33 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Kenneth Corbin)

"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 provider."

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