On Thursday, Republicans called for a monumental new law that would require all internet service providers and operators of Wi-Fi access points, including hotels, coffee shops, and home users, to maintain records about users for 24 months in order to aid police investigations.
The legislation would impose unheard of new data retention responsibilities and is expected to catch a lot of heat 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,” said Texas Republican Sen. John Cornyn at a press conference on Thursday. “Keeping our children safe requires cooperation on the local, state, federal, and family level.”
Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott agreed, adding that the new measure would let “law enforcement stay ahead of the criminals.”
The two bills that have been introduced so far are S.436 in the Senate and H.R.1076 in the House of Representatives. Each is titled “Internet Stopping Adults Facilitating the Exploitation of Today’s Youth Act,” or Internet Safety Act.
If you thought you had no privacy before, just wait and see what happens if these things go through.
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