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FBI wants records kept of Web sites visited

Posted By admin On February 6, 2010 @ 4:31 am In Featured Stories | Comments Disabled

Declan McCullagh
CNet [1]
Saturday, February 6th, 2010

WASHINGTON–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.

As far back as a 2006 speech, Mueller had called [2] for data retention on the part of Internet providers, and emphasized the point two years later when explicitly asking Congress [3] to enact a law making it mandatory. But it had not been clear before that the FBI was asking companies to begin to keep logs of what Web sites are visited, which few if any currently do.

The FBI is not alone in renewing its push for data retention. As CNET reported [4] earlier this week, a survey of state computer crime investigators found them to be nearly unanimous in supporting the idea. Matt Dunn, an Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent in the Department of Homeland Security, also expressed support for the idea during the task force meeting.

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[1] CNet : http://news.cnet.com/8301-13578_3-10448060-38.html?tag=newsLeadStoriesArea.1

[2] called: http://www.prisonplanet.com/2100-7348_3-6126877.html

[3] explicitly asking Congress: http://www.prisonplanet.com/8301-13578_3-9926803-38.html

[4] reported: http://www.prisonplanet.com/8301-13578_3-10446503-38.html

[5] Hawaii may keep track of all Web sites visited: http://www.prisonplanet.com/hawaii-may-keep-track-of-all-web-sites-visited.html

[6] FBI: We need wiretap-ready Web sites – now: http://www.prisonplanet.com/fbi-we-need-wiretap-ready-web-sites-now.html

[7] U.N. could tax U.S.-based Web sites, leaked docs show: http://www.prisonplanet.com/u-n-could-tax-u-s-based-web-sites-leaked-docs-show.html

[8] Australian Government Admits to Accessing People’s Private Telephone and Internet Records 5800 Times Every Week Without Warrants: http://www.prisonplanet.com/australian-government-admits-to-accessing-people%e2%80%99s-private-telephone-and-internet-records-5800-times-every-week-without-warrants.html

[9] Hawaiian politician backs away from Web dossier law: http://www.prisonplanet.com/hawaiian-politician-backs-away-from-web-dossier-law.html

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