The FBI wants to force ISPs to keep records of websites you visit for two years.

The FBI is pressing Internet service providers to record which Web sites customers visit and retain those logs for two years, a requirement that law enforcement believes could help it in investigations of child pornography and other serious crimes.

FBI Director Robert Mueller supports storing Internet users’ “origin and destination information,” a bureau attorney said at a federal task force meeting on Thursday.

My, how police state of you Director Mueller.

Greg Motta, the chief of the FBI’s digital evidence section, said that the bureau was trying to preserve its existing ability to conduct criminal investigations. Federal regulations in place since at least 1986 require phone companies that offer toll service to “retain for a period of 18 months” records including “the name, address, and telephone number of the caller, telephone number called, date, time and length of the call.”

Preserving you’re existing ability? Bald face lies anyone? No, you’re ADDING to your “existing ability” not preserving it. What an asshole.

There are a lot of technical issues that make this idea non-trivial, but I’m not going into that because it doesn’t matter. (you can read the linked article if you’re interested.)

The bottom line is, NO! You may not make your job “easier” at the expense of my privacy and civil rights.

I swear, it’s enough to make me want to join the ACLU.

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3 Responses to FBI: NO!

  1. Jay says:

    I love how they justify it: “…believes could help it in investigations of child pornography and other serious crimes”.

    Of course, it’s always about the children.

  2. Old NFO says:

    It’s also BS that the phone companies retain call records for 18 months… The call record is dumped within 24 hours… Your BILLING record stays, but that is it.

  3. Kristopher says:

    Yep … they don’t need the call record for billing.

    Part of the aftermath of the occupation of France is the country’s current privacy laws … unless there is a court order involved, the telco only sends the first four numbers dialed to billing.

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