New House bill will take away all your Internet privacy
We all have our dirty little Internet secrets. For some, it’s enjoying the blogs at Worldgolf.com and Travelgolf.com. For others, it’s racier fare, like say, taking a look at the latest offering from CaddyChick.com. There’s even some that enjoy the truly nasty and disturbing areas of the Internet, like Chris Baldwin’s blog, for example.
But seriously, we all have our secrets. Unless, of course, Texas lawmaker Lamar Smith gets his way. Because if Smith’s “Internet Stopping Adults Facilitating the Exploitation of Today’s Youth Act (SAFETY) of 2007″ gets through, you’ll never have any privacy on the Internet again.
The bill would require that ISPs record and maintain all Web activity of all users. That includes, well, everything. IM conversations, E-mails and Web surfing will all be recorded and maintained, lest the ISP face penalties of up to a year in prison.
You know, for the children.
Basically, if you don’t mind having the government keep track of your every online movement … forever, then this is just the bill for you. Because even if you’re 100 percent sure in your heart of hearts that the Internet breeds pedophiliac vampires that will stop at nothing to get your child, this bill has absolutely nothing to do with keeping children safe. After all, the last major legislation passed to protect children was pushed through by Mark Foley, who believed the best thing he could do for a child was to try and sleep with him.
This has nothing to do with protecting children. It has nothing to do with stopping the terrorists. It’s about taking your privacy. And oddly enough, no one makes the case better than Smith himself:
“This invasion of privacy can adversely affect Americans’ lives. These records can reveal details of our medical or financial life. The records can identify our occupation or physical location – a serious concern for undercover police officers and victims of stalking or domestic violence,” said Smith earlier this year when his “Telephone Records and Privacy Protection Act” was signed into law. Last month.
If Smith believes phone privacy is so vital, why is it that Internet activity needs to be monitored? Don’t let it happen.
Read the full bill here.
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For an online form, click here.
Phone: (202) 225-4236
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Now, on to the next point...all servers already record every bit of information that passes by. If you send me an email, it will be handled by at least five servers, and be recorded on each one. The key is to keep the government's hands off the info. As for me, I'd like to know what Lamar Smith is hiding! Why else would he go to so much trouble to throw us off the scent?
That will be the result of this legislation.....and the lemmings of this country will
welcome it, as it is un-American now to hurt someone's feelings with your
opinion. We see that here with Jennifer Mario, who now moderates individual
postings to ensure they are all politically correct to her Big Sister worldview.
There are more Jennifer Marios living in this country now than ever before, who
not only have no understanding of the history of this country, but also no concept
of how these cultural shifts that they promote themselves will lead us to a
system that the Soviet Union could have only dreamed of. Modern technology
will make the USA one of the most oppresive and murderous regimes in the
history of the world............but..........."think of the children"......
No, RonMon, servers do not routinely retain "every bit of information that passes by". They can, and a few may. Most servers DO keep the IP addresses (equivalent to the information on the outside of an envelope) for a few hours or a few months. Likewise for the URL information of websites we travel to - although that practice is no widespread at this time.
But it IS possible to do so, and that is what Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez has been angling for for over a year. Whenever some crisis occurs in the White House, he can be counted on to attempt to divert attention from the current issue by trotting out yet another Save the Children press conference.
The fact is child molestation and such have dramatically declined since 1990. Parents and relatives are by FAR much more likely to molest a child than a complete stranger, recidivism for child molesters is among the lowest for all crimes, there are no satanic ritual abuse cults raping babies.
These are lies used to foment hysteria to scare a population into compliance and government control.
Now Mike has offered the contact information to protest this latest attempt to create Big Brother. CALL THEM!
But privacy means that you still have some too.
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