The FBI Wants To Log Everything You Do Online

Samuel Axon writes on Mashable:

FBI Director Robert Mueller wants ISPs to track “origin and destination information” about their customers’ browsing habits and store them for authorities’ use for two years, according to a CNET report.

That would mean monitoring the IP addresses, domains and exact websites users visit, and then storing that information for months. If officials who support this measure get their way, federal, state and local law enforcement would be able to access the information via search warrant or subpoena.

Access to exact URLs would require deep-packet inspection, which could be a violation of the Wiretap Act. The courts would end up having to make a ruling one way or the other if authorities try it.

The argument in favor is that the FBI has long been able to do this with telephone call information, but since so much telephone communication has been replaced by web activity, this would just be a preservation of existing powers. And those in favor insist that no actual content would be released to authorities — only points of contact. For example, authorities can see that a phone call was made from one number to another, but they don’t know what was said unless they wiretap.

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9 Responses to The FBI Wants To Log Everything You Do Online

  1. DayvanMollusk February 9, 2010 at 3:19 am #

    Just like in Southland Tales…

  2. 5by5 February 9, 2010 at 7:11 am #

    Log this middle finger.

  3. Borgar February 9, 2010 at 7:39 am #

    This has already been implemented in most of Europe (since 2009), inclusive Norway which is my native country. It's called the Data Retention Directive or more formally Directive 2006/24/EC (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Directive_2006/24/EC), instructing internet service providers to log all internet- and telecommunication for a minimum of six months, and the justification is “fighting crime and terror”. It's a scary thing.

  4. GoodDoktorBad February 9, 2010 at 3:59 pm #

    Log my stinky brown log in your data base……

  5. fabian_ramos February 10, 2010 at 4:14 pm #

    n.w.o

  6. Mamagriff50 January 20, 2011 at 6:58 pm #

    the great american toilet…..rights and freedoms flushed away:{

  7. Mamagriff50 January 20, 2011 at 6:58 pm #

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  8. Mamagriff50 January 20, 2011 at 6:58 pm #

    the great american toilet…..rights and freedoms flushed away:{

  9. Mamagriff50 January 20, 2011 at 2:58 pm #

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