I've blogged previously on the mandatory data retention requirements of the omnibus telecommunications bill
. Up until now the DoJ, and AG Gonzales specifically, have been saying that the reason DoJ must force the telcos to retain traceable records is to aid in finding purveyors of kiddie-porn, and up until now Gonzales has BEEN LYING TO YOU!CNET reports
that Gonzales and FBI Director Robert Mueller...
...privately met with representatives of AOL, Comcast, Google, Microsoft and Verizon last week and said that Internet providers--and perhaps search engines--must retain data for two years to aid in anti-terrorism prosecutions...
In other words the DoJ's arguments supporting the retention provisions introduced by Diana DeGette (D. CO) (the so-called "kiddie-porn" provisions), are nothing more than a smoke screen--a diversion to force the debate onto more friendly ground. CNET rightly points out that were the DoJ's true intentions widely publicized, they might have a much tougher time getting the public and telcos on board.
I can't help but think every time these politics ask for log files that they are idiots and have no idea what they are talking about. I saw in another blog that EU folks are thinking about taxing SMSs and all email. Totally ridiculous. If they only knew how broken the net was built up, they would know it requires a whole new set of protocols...
My understanding is that google has publically stated they will keep their archives indefinitely including deleted emails from gmail users.
This was said in September I think?
about a similiar tactic not long ago. This is what I like to call the "Castor oil with a side of sugar" ploy. They let certain details slip out about their activities, details that might be alittle more palatable for us to take (the sugar) while we are left in the dark about the more legally dubious stuff (the castor oil).
Sounds a lot like the way you sell a bogus war.
Lily, I think that I remember that. Wasn't that Google's policy with Gmail all along?
Xsociate, yeah kiddie-porn vs. snooping in the war on terror (or whatever) definitely looks like that.
DBK, actually this seems to be the modus operandi for Bu$hCo in general, doesn't it? As Xsociate said, let our a few details, let out more details, then let the really egregious stuff...when the public is already tired of the scandal.
OHMYGOD, I cannot believe the government is lying to us! My heart is officially broken....heh.
I hadn't heard that about gmail, though. I'm glad I came by because someone recently coerced me into signing up and I most certainly would have received some suspicious email about money in Italy or Nigeria or wherever- putting me right on the radar.
Oh wait, I blog against Bush...I'm already on that list. Yay!
(back to lurking)