CEO Of Internet Provider Sonic.net: We Delete User Logs After Two Weeks. Your Internet Provider Should, Too.

Forbes
Jun. 26, 2012

Dane Jasperís tiny Internet service provider Sonic.net briefly took the national spotlight last October, when it contested a Department of Justice order that it secretly hand over the data of privacy activist and WikiLeaks associate Jacob Appelbaum. But Jasperís conversion into a privacy true believer began earlier, with a less-discussed subpoena: one regarding a pornographic film with an unprintable title.

Eighteen months ago, Sonic.net began to see a string of legal requests for its usersí data, mostly for copyright infringement cases involving x-rated films with embarrassing names: When given the option to settle or have their name attached to a smutty video in a legal case, Jasper saw users paying upĖeven when they seemed to be innocent.

So he took an unprecedented step to protect the privacy of his 40,000 or so Northern California customers: He cut the time that his ISP stores logs of usersí Internet activity to just two weeksĖa tiny period compared to the 18-36 months ISPs like Verizon, AT&T, Qwest, Cox, Comcast and Time Warner hold onto usersí private information.

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