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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • by Abigail (26) on 2005.12.16 6:01 (#45206) Journal
    What's required is that ISPs and telco's only store the data to find out "who talked with whom". So, a telco needs to store who dialled which numbers (which they are already doing, as that's required to do write bills), and ISPs need to store who send an email to whom (what their mail logs are most likely already storing anyway), and who visits which websites (proxy logs?) On the one hand, that means that ISPs that save their mail logs on a tape, or burn it on a CD and forget to erase it after three months (required by privacy laws in certain countries) are no longer violating the law. On the other hand, I wonder what ISPs are supposed to do about customers who only get a line from them, and whose mail only passes their routers, not their servers. Do they need to inspect all traffic, and find out which packets are mail?