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May 19, 2008

ISPs to keep internet usage records


by David Allen

Late last year, the government introduced legislation which meant that all phone companies would be required to keep records of their customer’s calls for landlines and mobiles.

But now this legislation is going to be stretched to include records of customers email usage, internet usage and even calls made over the internet through VOIP. T

he information is said to help in the pursuit of suspects under the anti terror laws and for crime prevention too.

The companies will be required to keep the following information:

Records of users logging on and logging off, and who they are sending emails to and when. These records will be kept for six months.

Records of web browsing, these will be kept for just four days.

These details could help the authorities in their monitoring for crime and terror suspects; however they would need to apply for a warrant to do so.

This bill will need to go through parliament first, although it can be changed before it actually becomes law.

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