Friday, June 17, 2005
Nothing to hide? Nothing to fear.
So remember a couple of months ago when I poked at the question "do you know what the data retention and disclosure policies for your ISP are?"
Well, it appears that our friends at the Justice Department have been pondering that very same question, and have come to the conclusion that they'd be much happier if your ISP was required to retain logs of Web, email, and IM traffic, and required to provide those logs to law enforcement upon request.
The Justice Department would prefer that ISPs do this voluntarily, of course, where voluntary means "bending over for us so that we don't have to go through the hassle of actually getting this requirement written into law," but with the grusome twosome of child porn and terrorism as justification, it seems likely that an attempt at legislation will come if ISPs don't fall into line pretty quick.
Oh, and by the way: remember that you'd better not be encrypting any of that data that you're sending and receiving over that internet connection, either...unless you're a child pornographer or terrorist, of course. And you aren't a child pornographer or terrorist...are you?