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Son of SOPA/PIPA – HR1981 attacking internet privacy – heads toward House vote

H.R.1981 – Protecting Children From Internet Pornographers Act of 2011 – To amend title 18, United States Code, with respect to child pornography and child exploitation offenses. (2nd more recent version at – – on December 16, 2011 The Committee on Energy and Commerce discharged; committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the State of the Union and ordered to be printed)

How could any one be against stopping child porn on the internet – and thus was born the son of the movie/music companies attack on the internet now that SOPA and PIPA (Stop Online Piracy Act in the House and Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property Act of 2011 in the Senate) have been pulled off the legislative calendar after Wikipedia and Google and many at FDL protested the proposed loss of civil rights and freedom. The author of SOPA is about to push the other bill that attacks interest freedom and rights and privacy. Congressman Lamar Smith’s House Bill 1981, approved in Committee on July 28, 2011, has been revised with a new version by the same name approved in committee Dec 16, 2011, and now requires ISPs to store customers’ names, phone numbers, credit card numbers, bank account numbers. storing your search history, and temporarily assigned IP addresses for 18 months is headed for a vote on the House Floor.

But you will be reassured, no doubt, by the fact the bill wording includes “Access to a record or information required to be retained under this subsection may not be compelled by any person or other entity that is not a governmental entity”. Now that should bring Obama on board, I am sorry to say.

And it is not immediate – well it actually is immediately in effect once passed, but with a nod of the head to the deficit hawks, Congressman Smith (R-Tex.) includes “The Attorney General shall make a study to determine the costs associated with compliance by providers with the requirement of paragraph (1). Such study shall include an assessment of all the types of costs, including for hardware, software, and personnel that are involved. Not later than 2 years after the date of the enactment of this paragraph, the Attorney General shall report to Congress the results of that study.”

And do not worry about your privacy – no worrying about your credit card info or browsing history getting out now that it is stored, because the wording includes “(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 no more can ISP require a reason via a subpoena to collect personal data, and then pass on this data as it was subsequently collected, because now ISP’s would have to collect your personal data off the bat because you might be evil. The bill is out of committee and headed for a full vote.

Dictatorships are indeed safer for the kids, so who could oppose the new bill? Indeed Senator Wyden, in his discussion of how he protects the internet, does not discuss what Senate action he plans if HR 1981 passes the House and is sent to the Senate.

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