Bill proposes ISPs, Wi-Fi keep logs for police

By: Declan McCullagh

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.

The legislation, which echoes a measure proposed by one of their Democratic colleagues three years ago, would impose unprecedented data retention requirements on a broad swath of Internet access providers and is certain to draw fire from businesses and privacy advocates.

“While the Internet has generated many positive changes in the way we communicate and do business, its limitless nature offers anonymity that has opened the door to criminals looking to harm innocent children,” U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, a Texas Republican, said at a press conference on Thursday. “Keeping our children safe requires cooperation on the local, state, federal, and family level.”

Joining Cornyn was Texas Rep. Lamar Smith, the senior Republican on the House Judiciary Committee, and Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, who said such a measure would let “law enforcement stay ahead of the criminals.”       /snip/

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It’s “for the children”. You do care about children, don’t you? Then you better support this law. After all, there are no laws against child porn, right? So they need this law to help catch these vermin.

Here is yet another example of the encroaching police state. They don’t like it when you are anonymous. They want to know everything about you. You have no right to privacy. It’s just one more way to intimidate you into keeping silent.

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