Congressman Kevin Cramer Says His ISP Won’t Turn Over This Internet History

Earlier this week I posted audio of Congressman Kevin Cramer, in responding to a caller on the Jay Thomas Show on 970 WDAY in Fargo, saying that he’d be happy to turn over his browser history.

“I have one question, just a yes or a no, would you be willing to release your internet history?” a caller identifying himself as “Dave” asked.

“Oh, of course. Yes, absolutely. No problem,” Cramer answered.

Upon hearing that I put in a request to Cramer’s office for the information. Not because I’m all that interested, but because if a politician is going to make an offer like that I’ll not forgo the opportunity.

Anyway, today I got a response from Cramer’s office. He apparently made the request for his browsing history from Midcontinent Communications, his ISP apparently, and they said they don’t even keep the information.

“Midco is unable to provide any browsing history information,” the letter states. “Midco does not track, capture, keep or retain any user’s browsing history. Midco does not have any software or systems set up to do so.”

Cramer’s staff provided me with the letter below from Midco.

“Midco is unable to provide any browsing history information,” the letter states. “Midco does not track, capture, keep or retain any user’s browsing history. Midco does not have any software or systems set up to do so.”

“Midco wants to assure you this answer is not due to your status as a political official,” the letter continues. “The same answer would be given to any Midco customer. Further, the same answer would be given in response to a court order or subpoena requesting that type of information.”

So I guess we won’t get to see how many times a day the Congressman reads SayAnythingBlog.com.

And those of us who are Midco customers can feel pretty happy about their answer, too.

Here’s the full letter:

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com, a columnist for the Forum News Service, and the host of the Rob (Re)Port on Fargo-based WDAY AM970 from noon-2pm weekdays.

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