Wednesday, March 14, 2007

More on data retention - DeGette proposes draconian email and Internet surf retention requirements

Today Achim Schmillern wrote an editorial in The DC Examiner, p. 20, “Why data retention legislation would do more harm than good,” at this link.

This follows on new rules for employers to retain emails that went into effect Dec. 1. (See posting on that in December archives in this blog.)

Last September Alberto Gonzales proposed that all consumer emails and web-surfs be retained for two years, and Rep. Diane DeGette in Colorado may introduce a similar bill this spring. Here is her rationale from last June. It doesn’t take much imagination to realize that this could so burden ISP’s that they could stop offering the shared hosting that makes blogging and self-posting possible.

We need to see that this is fundamentally like COPA in that it asks when all of us must give up freedom to protect children from the crimes of others. This is “when am I my brother’s keeper” and we need to see this kind of question that way.

Of course, we all know that a subpoena before the COPA trial about search engines logs was controversial.

Pictures: The Tower of Ned from my screenplay “69 Minutes to Titan” and, someone thinks I have employees. I do

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