In a speech today before the International Association of Chiefs of Police, FBI Director Robert Mueller called for data retention mandates for Internet service providers to record their customers’ online activities. Declan McCullagh has complete coverage over at CNet.
Several of us here at the TLF are concerned about these growing calls for mandatory data collection and have written about it. See these past essays:
* “Mandatory Data Retention: How Much is Appropriate?” by Adam Thierer, June 26, 2006.
* “Internet Data Storage Is The Wrong Way To Combat Child Sexual Exploitation,” by Hance Haney, Sept. 20, 2006.
* “Data Retention on the Move,” by Jim Harper, June 1, 2006.