Just what can potentially be retained, then? A full record of all of your electronic correspondences, for starters—that's e-mail, IM, Internet phone, everything. Say your friend is studying at the American University in Cairo (as a friend of mine did recently), and you correspond via IM (or Skype) and exchange pictures through email on a regular basis (as I'm sure my friend and I did as well). "If there are people inside our country who are talking with al Qaeda, we want to know about it," the President said in his State of the Union address earlier this year, and here I am, talking with someone in the Middle East on a regular basis. But in the eyes of the "War on Terror," my friend in Cairo could just as easily be a potential terrorist operative.