Home > News > U.S. Changes Tune on ISP Records Snoop • Bookmark   • Newsletters   • Register Search Options


U.S. Changes Tune on ISP Records Snoop

U.S. Changes Tune on ISP Records Snoop
Get XBIZ News
Jun 1, 2006 1:00 PM PDT    Text size: 
WASHINGTON – Switching from the war against child pornography to the war against terror, the Justice Department has changed its reason for demanding that the world’s leading Internet Service Providers retain user surf and search data.

Justice started its witch-hunt for search records in January of this year, marking an aggressive move on the part of the Bush administration to revive the infamous Child Online Protection Act.

But now U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales is saying that the reason for the records request is to aid in the fight against terrorism.

Gonzales and FBI Director Robert Mueller have conducted meetings with some of the leading ISPs, including AOL, Google, Microsoft and Verizon, requesting that they retain data for two years in support of future prosecutions against alleged terrorists.

Gonzales reportedly has acknowledged Justice’s backtracking on the issue, but has made it emphatically clear that help from the major ISPs is essential in stomping out terrorism.

However, Justice’s attempted claim on user data has not been an easy battle to win, particularly with privacy advocates insisting that government access to user information and online behavior is a direct violation of the 1st Amendment.

In defense of user privacy, Google took the matter to heart when Justice first requested access to user data earlier this year, resulting in a legal spar that Google lost and was ordered to grant Justice access to a portion of its website index.

According to a DOJ spokesperson, the data retention request only involves records pertaining to email trafficking and search records, and Justice would require a subpoena to obtain such information. In addition, the ISPs would be stuck footing the bill for increased storage capacity and securing the data. For companies like Google, one of the most heavily trafficked search engines in the world, data retained over a two-year period could be extremely costly, experts warn.

"The issue for us is not whether we retain data, but we want to see it done right," said Dave McClure, president of the U.S. Internet Industry Association, which represents many Internet service providers. "Our concerns are who pays for it, what data is retained, and if it is retained legally without violating federal laws and subscriber agreements."

More ways to get XBIZ News:  RSS Feeds  |  E-Newsletters  |  Desktop Widget  |  Mobile
Looking for porn star news and behind-the-scene videos? Check out XFANZ.com !


XR Brands Demystifies Puppy Play Fetish

Role play is one of the best ways to reenergize your sex life. It gives us license to shed inhibitions and express who we truly are in the bedroom. And as many of us can attest, playing a character that’s... More »

‘Fifty Shades’: A Marketing Phenomenon

The statistics suggest that at its peak, the “Fifty Shades of Grey” book was selling every second on average. Even years after its 2011 debut, the books have entered the all-time bestseller... More »

Avoiding a Crash Landing While Making Changes

Recently I had lunch with Peter, one of the most successful business coaches in Europe. We sat outside at a cafe a few kilometers from the Mediterranean Sea. It was the middle of winter but the clouds... More »
Stay informed of the latest industry developments. Get XBIZ newsletters delivered to your inbox. Subscribe today!
Enter email address:

* To manage existing subscriptions click here.

Submit your press release to
multiple news outlets with 1 click.
Subscribe to RSS news feeds or
add free content to your website.
Access XBIZ news and articles
with your mobile device.
Subscribe to XBIZ World magazine, the industry's leading e-commerce trade publication, delivering in-depth coverage of the online, mobile and ancillary digital markets.


The European Summit

Mar 04 - Mar 07
Barcelona-Sitges, Spain

The TEA Show

Mar 05 - Mar 06
Hollywood, CA

Phoenix Forum 2017

Mar 23 - Mar 26
Tempe, Arizona


Mar 31 - Apr 02
Denver, CO.
Everyday thousands of business professionals browse XBIZ's industry directory for quality products and services. Not listed yet? Your company could be losing potential new business. Submit your company today!
Use XBIZ RSS feeds to stay informed of the latest industry developments or as a content syndication tool for your website!