U.S. Department Of Justice Wants Wireless Companies To Store User Information

Posted May 10, 2011

The U.S. Department of Justice (DoJ) is calling for new laws that would require wireless phone providers to store and collect information about customers. Deputy assistant attorney general for the criminal division Jason Weinstein made the proposal at the U.S. Senate hearing that sprouted from concern over the way that Apple crowd-sources the collection WiFi and cell phone towers locations. Bud Tribble spoke at the meeting on behalf of Apple.

Weinstein said that “when this information is not stored, it may be impossible for law enforcement to collect essential evidence,” said Weinstein. “Many wireless providers do not retain records that would enable law enforcement to identify a suspect’s smartphone based on the IP addresses collected by Web sites that the suspect visited.” Weinstein did not elaborate on the aforementioned proposal.

The Justice Department’s suggestion contradicts a suggestion that was made by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission. The FTC is interested in not collecting or retaining more data that they need to provide a transaction or requested service.