Comcast Law Enforcement Handbook Leaked

Comcast’s Law Enforcement Handbook (PDF) was leaked today and posted on Secrecy News.

Here’s what it contains, in easy-to-skim bulletpoint format:

  • Setting up a wiretap costs $1000, includes free month of surveillance, $750 for each additional month, all costs waived if it involves kiddie exploitation
  • Can access call detail records for two years
  • IP assignment address information kept for 180 days
  • Comcast reminds law enforcement agencies of the specific statutes they need to follow if information requests have to do with people outside the country
  • Proper procedure must be followed for using National Security Letters

Overall, pretty dry and hews well to statute.

Implementing Domestic Intelligence Surveillance [Secrecy News] (Thanks to Andy!)


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  1. Jaysyn was banned for: says:

    A bit better than AT&Ts “Free for all” method of allowing government evesdropping.

  2. And if you past their time limit, they have nothing for you.

  3. 5cents says:

    Though I accept this happens, still disconcerting to see it out in the open.

  4. Landru says:

    Ben, I’m surprised that this posting hasn’t resulted in a bunch of “disappearances”.

    Ben? Ben?

  5. djxspike says:

    Easily one of the coolest thing’s I’ve yet to see on Consumerist. Great job Ben.

  6. djxspike says:

    wow after scanning that thing over it basically tells you what they retain and for how long. but if you’re dumb enough to do something shady from your home internet connection… you deserve to get caught.

  7. homerjay says:

    Interesting use of the term “kiddie exploitation.”

  8. Benstein says:

    Actually, this is less bad than I thought it would be. I am actually surprised and actually think this is pretty fair. Kudos to Comast. I wonder what Verizon’s is? Anyone have a link or info?

  9. hypnotik_jello says:

    @Papa Midnight: Hah, that’s assuming they’re telling the truth about the limits?

  10. rhombopteryx says:


    Yeah – Verizon’s stance towards leaking your private info can be summarized as follows: “Just Ask.” Apparently they don’t want to be in the business of figuring out if the requests are lawful or not.