Governments to ISPs - don't keep that info - no, wait, keep that info

Yesterday I wrote about privacy consultations regarding the online tracking of consumers.  Privacy advocates want to ensure that consumer choice and privacy are respected.   Similarly, pressure is put on ISP's and search engines to limit the amount of information they retain about their customers, and the length of time they retain it.  All laudable objectives. On the other hand, law enforcement wants to require ISP's to retain certain information about sites their customers visit for long periods of time to facilitate criminal investigations. See this CNet article for example.

Seems inconsistent to me.