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Of course, the gov could just get your ISP records :)
Ya, data retention laws in some countries, require us to keep all accounts and log files for a min of years.
I don't pay much attention to my logs, deleting them whenever they get too large. Maybe I'm being dense for doing so.
Still, it is a good idea to keep your logs about for a bit, esp if you have user generated content that might eventually trigger law enforcement reaction as not being able to say "who did it" might end up you being the one that is eventually in trouble for some illegal content.
Let's not forget that e.g complaints passed through interpol are very slow in reaching you (many months).