FBI Director, Police Chiefs Support Record Retention For Internet - InformationWeek

InformationWeek is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them.Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

IoT
IoT
News
News
10/18/2006
05:40 PM
50%
50%

FBI Director, Police Chiefs Support Record Retention For Internet

FBI Director Robert Mueller claims that requiring ISPs to hang on to data records will help strike a "balance between the legitimate need for privacy and law enforcement's clear need for access."

FBI Director Robert Mueller said he supports a plan requiring Internet service providers to retain information on users' Internet activities.

In a speech before the International Association of Chiefs of Police on Tuesday, Mueller praised law enforcement officials for adopting a resolution that would require ISPs to retain information in case it is needed for investigations.

"As we all recognize, cyber crime is a growing threat," he said. "Today, terrorists coordinate their plans cloaked in the anonymity of the Internet, as do violent sexual predators prowling chat rooms."

Mueller said one out of three computer users has experienced some type of "negative incident."

"All too often, we find that before we can catch these offenders, Internet service providers have unwittingly deleted the very records that would help us identify these offenders and protect future victims," he said. "We must find a balance between the legitimate need for privacy and law enforcement's clear need for access. Your resolution on records retention passed this morning will help put us on the right path. "

The association voted on the resolution, but did not release details to the public.

Attorney General Alberto Gonzales is lobbying for similar federal legislation that would require ISPs to retain information. Like several members of Congress, Mueller highlighted child pornography as a compelling reason to retain data. He also pointed to terrorist activity on the Internet as well as hackers' attacks on government sites.

"Just as technology can be a tool for criminals, it is also aiding our efforts to protect communities from crime and terrorism," Mueller said. "Through technology, we are building stronger connections within the law enforcement community."

We welcome your comments on this topic on our social media channels, or [contact us directly] with questions about the site.
Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
State of the Cloud
State of the Cloud
Cloud has drastically changed how IT organizations consume and deploy services in the digital age. This research report will delve into public, private and hybrid cloud adoption trends, with a special focus on infrastructure as a service and its role in the enterprise. Find out the challenges organizations are experiencing, and the technologies and strategies they are using to manage and mitigate those challenges today.
Slideshows
10 RPA Vendors to Watch
Jessica Davis, Senior Editor, Enterprise Apps,  8/20/2019
Commentary
Enterprise Guide to Digital Transformation
Cathleen Gagne, Managing Editor, InformationWeek,  8/13/2019
Slideshows
IT Careers: How to Get a Job as a Site Reliability Engineer
Cynthia Harvey, Freelance Journalist, InformationWeek,  7/31/2019
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
Video
Current Issue
Data Science and AI in the Fast Lane
This IT Trend Report will help you gain insight into how quickly and dramatically data science is influencing how enterprises are managed and where they will derive business success. Read the report today!
White Papers
Slideshows
Twitter Feed
Sponsored Live Streaming Video
Everything You've Been Told About Mobility Is Wrong
Attend this video symposium with Sean Wisdom, Global Director of Mobility Solutions, and learn about how you can harness powerful new products to mobilize your business potential.
Sponsored Video
Flash Poll