In a world where every time I turn around I hear, 'There should be a law against...' Qwest's stance on whether or not legislation is required to keep subscriber data for a year is refreshing.
Really, I understand that there are opponents to foie gras in Chicago, or to smoking in a car occupied by children under six (what happens when they're seven--are they immune?). I am really just from the old school and think that we shouldn't have to be protected from ourselves at the cost of permanent loss of freedom, and that some things are better left to peer pressure and irate mothers-in-law than to legislation.
So, what Qwest did is said that it voluntarily keeps IP address assignment information to protect customer privacy and foil online predators. The operative word is voluntarily.
Whoever is making these decisions at Qwest, well, thanks. Pass the duck.