Posted by K.M. Das A few weeks ago, we discussed Attorney General Gonzales’s speech to the staff of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children that the United States might soon implement data retention rules for ISPs. CNet’s News.com reported on Tuesday that Wisconsin Representative F. James Sensenbrenner, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, will soon be announcing legislationて羡he Internet Safety Actて羡hat would require the Attorney General to “issue regulations governing the retention of records by Internet Service Providers. Such regulations shall, at a minimum, require retention of records, such as the name and address of the subscriber or registered user (and what) user identification or telephone number was assigned” to the subscriber or user. Because this legislation has not been introduced yet, it is hard to predict the exact scope of this legislation. But based on the initial reports, it appears that Representative Sensenbrenner’s legislation will not only give the Attorney General wide latitude in drafting regulations governing the data that ISPs are required to retain, but will also create fairly stiff penalties on ISPs that fail to obey the regulations. In light of the furor over the NSA’s data mining of domestic phone calls, it is likely that this proposed legislation is going to face a great deal of opposition and scrutiny in Congress.