How Long Do Internet Providers Keep History?

The U.S. government requires ISPs to keep records of customers' internet history for a minimum of 90 days , while the UK and European Union requires ISPs to keep browsing records for up to 12 months.

Have you ever wondered if your internet service provider (ISP) keeps a record of every website you visit and every web search you make? The answer is yes, they do. In order to provide you with internet access, your ISP needs to know who you are and that you are allowed to be on their network. They also need to know how much data you are consuming, especially if they have a data usage cap. Additionally, they need to know your IP address so they can send the data to you.

In the US, ISPs are required to keep records of our activities for a period of time, which varies from 90 days to one year depending on who you ask. After this time period, ISPs are still allowed to keep some of the data, such as your IP address and a date and timestamp, while other data is anonymized. In Europe, GDPR may have changed these rules, but it’s best to do your own research as each ISP may have different policies.

So, if your ISP has this information, does that mean you can request it as a customer? The answer is no. ISPs are not required to provide customers with a copy of their web browsing history or the websites they have visited. However, if you or your parents have installed an internet security suite or enabled logging options on your home router, it’s possible that the information is available.

The good news is that ISPs are unlikely to give out this information without a legal obligation to do so. In fact, when the author of the video contacted his ISP, Spectrum, they confirmed that they do not keep logs of websites accessed while using their network. Other ISPs provided the same answer.

To protect your online information, it’s best to use a VPN. While ISPs may keep records of your activities, a VPN encrypts your internet traffic, making it unreadable to anyone who might be trying to monitor your activity. If you’re interested in using a VPN, check out this video that compares the top 10 VPNs.

In conclusion, while ISPs do keep records of our online activities, they are not likely to provide us with that information upon request. To protect our online privacy, we should use a VPN.


Do Internet providers keep your search history?
Internet Service Providers can track and store everything you do online, including browsing history. This extends to the videos you watch, and the websites you visit - even in private browsing mode. In most countries, ISPs can track and store this information, and the retention period may range from 90 days to 3 years.
Do Internet providers delete history?
Does My Internet Provider Delete My History? Legally, internet providers must delete your history after the stipulated period elapses. However, this might not be the case. Even if they delete your data, you will have new data if you continue to use the service.
How long is internet data stored?
Internet service providers must retain all data for at least 12 months. The law does not specify exactly what traffic data must be retained. There is no requirement to store the content of internet communications.
Can your Internet provider see your incognito history?
Incognito or private mode will keep your local browsing private, but it won't stop your ISP, school, or employer from seeing where you've been online. In fact, your ISP has access to all your browsing activity pretty much no matter what you do. You can, however, use a Virtual Private Network (VPN) service.