Small ISPs Might Escape the Requirement to Log Our Every Internet Move

By Gary Cutlack on at

The IP Bill's really quite horrid move to force ISPs to track our every drunken click and shameful eyeball of the Daily Mail's sidebar of shame could have an escape clause, with some smaller ISPs perhaps allowed to save on server space by not joining in with the tracking and recording scheme unless specifically ordered.

In case you've not been following the free speech outrage of the moment, the IP Bill was recently passed by Parliament, with the onerous requirement that ISPs should keep a record of all our internet business for an entire year -- lest we turn to terrorism or other crimes and our digital footprints need retracing.

The wiggle room was hinted at by Chris Mills, a Home Office man with responsibilities for the IP Bill, who told an ISP conference that: "The one new one power of the bill requires the retention of internet records, but that is about filling a capability gap law enforces have identified. It will not affect every ISP, far from it."

His colleague Chris Beeson explained that given the government has promised to reimburse ISPs for some of the cost involved in storing such vast quantities of data it's not in the government's interest to ask everyone to track everything, so there could well be some smaller companies that are under the tracking radar. At least at first, until one of their customers makes a jokey bomb threat in an airport and it all kicks off. [The Register]

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