Tell me, what ever happened to the concept of keeping the government out of peoples’ lives?Â Once upon a time it was a cornerstone of the Republican philosophy.
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.
Translated, the Internet Safety Act applies not just to AT&T, Comcast, Verizon, and so on–but also to the tens of millions of homes with Wi-Fi access points or wired routers that use the standard method of dynamically assigning temporary addresses. (That method is called Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol, or DHCP.)
I wonder how many people in those “tens of millions of homes” even know that their router keeps records much less how to access them?
However, I’m sure the supporters of this concept will assure us that all these records will be kept secure and will never be abused by anyone, ever.
That’s sarcasm, in case you weren’t sure. :-)