Gonzales Wants Massive Data Retention

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Aron Schatz
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September 20, 2006
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I want to warn anyone that this type of talk is very dangerous. Hiding under the guise of reducing child porn (which I agree is a noble cause), Gonzales wants to force ISPs to retain customer data for a very long time. The problem arises when the data is now being held and is ready for the taking. "Well, since the data is being retained, we can check for suspected terrorist activities since we have warrantless wiretappings... Ohh? This person is talking against the government, he must be doing something wrong. We should get all of his ISP communications as well." Where do we draw the line? Privacy is important! Do not let the government talk our privacy rights away! Stop this legislation now.

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Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said Tuesday that Congress should require Internet service providers to preserve customer records, asserting that prosecutors need them to fight child pornography. Testifying to a Senate panel, Gonzales acknowledged the concerns of some company executives who say legislation might be overly intrusive and encroach on customers' privacy rights. But he said the growing threat of child pornography over the Internet was too great.

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