Republican politicians on Thursday called for a sweeping new federal law that would require all Internet providers and operators of millions of Wi-Fi access points, even hotels, local coffee shops, and home users, to keep records about users for two years to aid police investigations.
Yup. This baby will pass under the guise of “we’ve got to protect the children.” Whenever this is used for legislation, you know one of two things is about to happen, and usually both. First, we will lose more of our freedoms and privacy. Second, it’s going to cost us money. This does both. How are we going to store all that information for two years, because this bill would require all internet providers AND users, to keep logs up to 2 years of where they go on the internet. That means that we would have to subscribe to a service that would document all our travels on the internet (something tells me the good Congressman Cornyn has connections with the very companies to so conveniently provide us with this very service.)
This is a bill that needs to go down in flames. The solution for protection of children is for parents to monitor what there children do on the internet. And if we say, “but that is too much for parents to have to do!” What makes us think the government will do it any better. And if government can’t handle, and parents can’t handle, then forget it. It’s not worth the extra cost.
Hopefully, there will be enough of us appalled at this junk to have it punted. Read the rest of the story here.