Obama Undecided About Data Retention

(Ping! Zine Web Hosting Magazine) – A White House spokesperson recently said that the Obama administration has yet to make a decision on whether a law is needed that will require Internet providers to monitor customers online activity.

The controversial proposal has been backed by law enforcement but opposed by privacy advocates.

During recent congressional hearings the Justice Department called for law makers to make data retention mandatory, citing that the current situation is crippling criminal investigations.

As of now, mandatory retention law details still seem very uncertain. Some say the law would force companies to keep records for two years on which Internet addresses are being assigned to which customers.

Others think the law could force Internet providers to obtain and keep records of customers email and instant-messaging correspondence, as well as what websites are being visited.

An FBI attorney announced last year that the FBI fully supports storing Internet users’ logs of which Web sites are visited.