Skip to comments.SOPA sponsor has another Internet bill that records you 24/7
Posted on 01/24/2012 10:53:44 AM PST by ShadowAce
Senator Lamar Smith, lead sponsor of the currently dead SOPA bill youve heard so much about, has another bill in the works that uses Child Pornography as a screen to push through an amendment thatll have your internet service provider tracking all of your financial dealings online. Each time you use a credit card, each time you read your bank statement, all of your IP information and your search history will be required by your ISP to be stored for 18 months at all times. This bill is H.R. 1981 and will have more dire consequences than SOPA or PIPA ever had the potential to have.
What it does is to amend several rules that have to do with Child Pornography and preventing it, the bill itself called the Protecting Children From Internet Pornographers Act of 2011. What it also does is to change the U.S. code Chapter 18 section 2703 Required Disclosure of Customer Communications or Records to include a requirement that your internet service provider do the following:
A commercial provider of an electronic communication service shall retain for a period of at least one year a log of the temporarily assigned network addresses the provider assigns to a subscriber to or customer of such service that enables the identification of the corresponding customer or subscriber information under subsection (c)(2) of this section.
While it was legal for the government to issue a subpoena for the viewing of the information they speak about here before, it was not part of the law that internet service providers capture or retain that information at any point. In effect, while before the authorities would need to first find a reason for you to need to be watched to get the ISP to start collecting information from you, that information will already exist on file, effectively meaning youre being watched and recorded even if youve done nothing wrong.
Dont worry though, theres an additional set of lines that should placate you because its so very kind of them to think of:
(1) to encourage electronic communication service providers to give prompt notice to their customers in the event of a breach of the data retained pursuant to section 2703(h) of title 18 of the United States Code, in order that those effected can take the necessary steps to protect themselves from potential misuse of private information; and
(2) that records retained pursuant to section 2703(h) of title 18, United States Code, should be stored securely to protect customer privacy and prevent against breaches of the records.
So dont worry, your information will be stored securely so noone else can access it! But if they do access it, your ISP will give you prompt notice so you can change all your credit card numbers, hide your kids, hide your wife, and hide your husband. This bill has currently cleared its committee, this meaning that the next step is a full vote. This bill needs to be stopped, and if I might go one better, Lamar Smith needs to be stopped, for the good of the internet and YOUR privacy.
George Orwell is turning into a modern nostradamus.....
Well, it’s illegal for companies to delete email (another gross invasion of privacy, btw) so why not this?
It is the same thing they have been doing with the WOD for years. There is always some new law infringing you your personal rights so they can “better” wage the WOD.
What is it with Lamar Smith and monitoring people on the web?
Is he a control freak in other areas, too?
Tell me Smith (who is a congressman, not a senator) has a primary opponent strong. Please. . . otherwise folks in his district might be obliged to vote for the ‘Rat in the general, paradoxically for the good of the Republic.
It is weird - so many outlets report him as “Senator Lamar Smith” when he is a Representative. Regardless, he is making republicans look dumb by being out in front on all there bills..
It’s a shame that Smith is a GOP member !
Technically impossible to enforce 100%. It is easy for someone to open an encrypted tunnel to out of jurisdication locations and or servers, conduct their fiancial transactions without the ISP being able to have any insite to the transaction.
It is an attempt to have the ISP a commercial organization to take on the role of law enforcement. Bad idea from the begining.
My son, student at Univ of Texas, is planning to move his voter registration to Austin just to vote against this moron. I agree that Intellectual Property rights are important, but this guy takes it way too far.
You mean all the bad guys use TOR anyway?
“What is it with Lamar Smith and monitoring people on the web?”
It’s a projected guilt complex. Lamar Smith is probably abusing himself to gay child porn and this is his expressing his self-destructive intent to get caught.
Easily circumvented: Run a ssh link to a proxy located offshore, or use an offshore VPN.
...The party affiliation shouldn't matter, most of Congress is a disgrace, dems and rupubs.
This is exactly the argument used to pass Australia’s online censorship. Certain “offending” web sites would be blocked to supposedly stop child porn, but when the list of blocked sites was leaked it contained a bizarre array of sites including a web site of an Australian dentist. Note this is exactly what China does. The blocking software slowed down Internet access and was paid for with a new tax on Internet service.
It is obvious that some people, like this Senator, just have no understanding of the limits to government. For them, government is god.
Sad to say that it’s often true.
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