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Gonzales Seeks Law on Web Record Retention

September 20, 2006|From the Associated Press

Atty. Gen. Alberto Gonzales told a Senate panel that Congress should require Internet providers to preserve customer records so prosecutors could use them to fight child pornography.

Gonzales and FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III this summer met with several Internet providers, including Time Warner Inc.'s AOL, Comcast Corp., Google Inc., Microsoft Corp. and Verizon Communications Inc.

The law enforcement officials have indicated to the companies that they should retain customer records for as long as two years. The companies have discussed strengthening their retention periods -- which currently range from a few days to about a year -- to help avoid legislation.

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