DENVER, August 23, 2006 - The following statement is attributable to Jennifer Mardosz, Qwest's Chief Privacy Officer:
"Qwest is at the forefront of Internet safety, and has partnered with industry leaders to ensure the safest possible online experience for everyone, while protecting privacy.
"To clarify recent news reports, Qwest is not calling for mandatory federal data retention laws.
"As a matter of corporate policy, Qwest voluntarily retains IP address assignments - not the underlying content - obviating the need for federal or state requirements. We strongly believe the best way to address this issue is to have the market drive data retention policies. Companies should voluntarily retain records of IP address assignments to protect customer privacy while also safeguarding citizens from online predators.
"We will continue to work closely with officials in their efforts to make the Internet experience safer while at the same time, remain a strong advocate for the privacy and safety of our customers."
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