When ISPs delete data, child pornographers can't be found
Mandatory data retention is a risky and costly path to go down, and one that is all the more problematic because once Congress opens the door to mandating that service providers amass huge tracking databases documenting citizensʼ Internet usage, it will be hard to close it.
Many Internet service providers keep records of user behavior—though not for long. The US government would, once again, like to change that by adopting some form of "data retention" requirement for ISPs. That's because, as Jason Weinstein of the Department of Justice put it today, "data retention is [now] fundamental to the Department’s work in investigating and prosecuting almost every type of crime."