February 28, 2012 at 1:36 pm #154401
How the Data Retention Bill Impacts You – And What You Can Do About It
Recently there’s been talk of the grassroots movement that stopped PIPA/SOPA turning its attention to the House data retention bill, HR 1981. Like PIPA/SOPA, the bill would impose a government mandate on key Internet companies. Groups as diverse as the Tea Party Patriots and ACLU have spoken out against data retention.
HR 1981 was authored by Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX) and passed out of the House Judiciary Committee in July. The bill is currently awaiting a floor vote in the House.
Let your Representative in the House and your Senators know you oppose HR 1981, its Senate companion S 1308, and any other data retention mandate.
Why is Data Retention a Threat?
As CDT has repeatedly noted, HR 1981 presents a clear and present danger to Internet users’ privacy rights. In addition, the costs it will impose—especially on smaller companies—could limit access to Internet services.
February 28, 2012 at 1:39 pm #154405
HR 1981: Title Protecting Children From Internet Pornographers Act of 2011
February 29, 2012 at 1:47 pm #154403
From Neil Rubenking Security Watch blog:
Sopa Author Back With More Invasive Bill Masquerading as Anti Child Porn
SOPA/PIPA, the controversial anti-piracy bill that would have allowed the U.S. government to monitor and remove “rogue” websites, was shelved in January after millions of Americans protested what essentially boiled down to online censorship.
But while this was taking place, SOPA author Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX, pictured above) was quietly pushing another, even more invasive online surveillance bill through Congress. Submitted in May 2011, HR 1981 (PDF) aka “Protecting Children From Internet Pornographers Act of 2011,” a proposed amendment to Chapter 18 USC 2703, shifts the focus from piracy to an irrefutably heinous crime: child pornography.
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