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Apr 24, 2007


Ron Edelstein

There is some logic to the FBI proposal. It is generally in line with the recordkeeping requirements that are imposed on the public by agencies. For example, the recordkeeping requirement for importers by Customs & Border Protection Regulations is five years. It is the same for tax records and export records under the Export Administration Regulations. Six years retention on closed records by the FBI does not sound unreasonable unless some specific activity indicates a longer period is needed. We have paranoia about "the government" keeping records forever on the public--this is the flip side of the coin.

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