Police: Internet providers must keep user logs

Source: news.cnet.com
Law enforcement representatives are planning to endorse a proposed federal law that would require Internet service providers to store logs about their customers for 18 months, CNET has learned.

The National Sheriffs’ Association will say it ”strongly supports” mandatory data retention during Tuesday’s U.S. House of Representatives hearing on the topic.

Michael Brown, sheriff in Bedford County, Va., and a board member and executive committee member of the National Sheriffs’ Association, is planning to argue that a new law is necessary because Internet providers do not store customer records long enough.

”The limited data retention time and lack of uniformity among retention from company to company significantly hinders law enforcement’s ability to identify predators when they come across child pornography,” according to a copy of Brown’s remarks. Any stored logs could, however, be used to prosecute any type of crime.

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