Bill on ISP Data Retention Expected Soon


Days after Attorney General Alberto Gonzales renewed his push for laws requiring ISPs and other Web companies to retain customer data, a Democratic member of Congress says she plans to introduce a bill next week forcing a one-year retention window.


Rep. Diana DeGette of Colorado said her measure will simply create a standard across an industry where customer data is already stored. The rationale, as it has been since this issue surfaced more than a year ago, is to combat child pornography.


A report at this morning notes that DeGette considered advancing a similar measure as a rider to a telecom bill earlier this year, but backed away.


The piece also includes an interesting timeline of the government's push for ISP data retention, including a report on similar measures already voted in by the European Parliament.

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