13 November 2009

The retention of internet traffic data saves New Yorker Teen from robbery charges

No, this is not a text dedicated to advocate company policies or governmental prescriptions on data retention, even though defenders of retaining communications networks’ data might well use it for such purposes.

It is the story of the 19-year-old New York City Teen Rodney Bradford which shows that a policy to retain user’s traffic data may also have an yet undiscovered “bright side”.
Just imagine Rodney’s life given a verdict sending him to jail….
And yes, I believe that Facebook’s policy to keep certain log files stored for a while literally saved this boy’s life.

Hence my Friday’s message to the audience: Try listening to “Always look on the bright side of life” when thinking of data retention -).

Comments (2)

  1. 17 November 2009
    Christian Simon said...

    Partly true, but:
    http://blog.beck.de/trackback/27196 (in German only)

  2. 17 November 2009
    Emil A. Georgiev said...

    I agree with the deliberations expressed on blog.beck.de. It appears indeed at least arguable to what extent such status updates should be viewed as "evidence".
    However, since the majority of commentators deal with data retention in a rather negative sense, I decided to display some of its issues from their "bright side" perspective. Rodney's case just served as a shining example.

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