engine - 12:03 pm on Jul 29, 2011 (gmt 0)
US Legislation Approved Means ISPs Must Retain One Year Of Customer Data [zdnet.co.uk]
US internet providers would be forced to keep logs of their customers' online activities for one year in case police want to review them in the future, under legislation approved by a House of Representatives committee on Thursday.
The 19-to-10 vote represents a victory for conservative Republicans, who made data retention their first major technology initiative after last autumn's elections, and the Justice Department officials who have quietly lobbied for the sweeping new requirements...
A last-minute rewrite of the bill expands the information that commercial internet providers are required to store to include customers' names, addresses, phone numbers, credit card numbers, bank account numbers and temporarily-assigned IP addresses. By a 7-16 vote, the panel rejected an amendment that would have clarified that only IP addresses must be stored.